Short bowel syndrome occurs when the small bowel can't absorb enough nutrients from food because most of the bowel is missing, either due to surgery or to a defect present at birth. You may experience dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, abnormal stools and exhaustion. Special diets, mineral and vitamin supplements, and medication can help control these symptoms.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.