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Effects of massive small bowel resection 

Effects of massive small bowel resection
Effects of massive small bowel resection

R.J. Playford


February 27, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.


Management—use of glucagon-like peptide 2 analogues to stimulate bowel adaptation; emphasis on importance of psychological support and attention to fluid/electrolyte balance; expanded notes on small bowel transplantation.

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date: 28 September 2021

Major vascular events involving the superior mesenteric artery and Crohn’s disease are two of the main reasons for adults requiring massive intestinal resection. The ability of the residual bowel to adapt after resection varies greatly between patients, with factors influencing the ability to absorb nutrients being (1) the extent and site of resection, (2) the condition of the remaining intestine, (3) the presence of the ileocaecal valve, and (4) the function of other digestive organs....

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