What causes Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) ?

Short bowel syndrome occurs when a large part of the small intestine and/or colon is removed. There are multiple reasons why infants and children may need to have the surgery done, including:

  • Mid-gut volvulus: twisting of the bowel around itself.
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis: the intestinal system is infected or inflamed, resulting in necrosis of the intestinal tract.
  • Intestinal atresias: a narrowing or absence of a portion of the intestine.
  • Intussusception: a condition where part of the intestine prolapses into another section of the intestine.
  • Congenital anomaly: a condition present at birth that can be hereditary or the result of a problem during pregnancy or birth.
  • Hirschsprungs: a marked decrease in number – or absence – of nerve endings that cause the bowels to move feces.


When sections of the small or large intestines are removed, the natural route nutrients go through to be absorbed is disrupted, which can cause malabsorption in infants and children.

The removal of sections of the small intestine causes SBS.

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