Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Malabsorption Treatment

Treatment for malabsorption includes treatment of the underlying cause. Treatment for malabsorption often includes antibiotics, a special diet and special supplements. Infants with malabsorption may benefit from a soy-based formula.

Treatment options for malabsorption include:

  • Antibiotics for malabsorption:
    • To treat bacterial infections of the intestine
  • Gluten-free diet
  • Low fat diet
  • Low carbohydrate diet
  • Lactose-free diet
  • Soy formula for infants
  • Nutritional supplements for malabsorption
  • Vitamin supplements for malabsorption

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Malabsorption Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for malabsorption.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
    • Do I need to gain weight?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Malabsorption Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat malabsorption:

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Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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