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:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • 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.

Contact Us

To learn more about short bowel syndrome treatment at Seattle Children’s, call our Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic at 206-987-2521.