Digestive and Gastrointestinal Conditions
Short Bowel Syndrome Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of Short Bowel Syndrome
Children with short bowel syndrome (SBS) may have these symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Failure to thrive (not growing as expected)
- Poor absorption of nutrients
Short Bowel Syndrome Diagnosis
If your child has had a condition or surgery that puts them at risk for SBS, your child’s doctor will closely watch their nutrition level, growth and development to measure how well the bowel is working.
SBS is usually diagnosed if the bowel has been shortened and if a child has needed intravenous (IV) feeding (total parenteral nutrition, TPN) for more than 90 days.
To learn more about short bowel syndrome treatment at Seattle Children’s, call our Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic at 206-987-2521.