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Bowel disorders Malabsorption Syndromes Malabsorption is the decreased absorption of nutrients caused by a number of conditions including biochemical disorders and diseases of the small intestines and colon. Causes of malabsorption include: Reduced surface area Infection leading to damage of the mucosa Lack of enzymes Abnormality of mucosal epithelial cells Drug induced mechanisms Lymphatic obstruction Rapid gut transit time Bypass fistula Surgical resections Coeliac Disease An autoimmune disorder of the small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy. Caused by an abnormal reaction to gluten, found in wheat. It is most common in Europe, although it occurs worldwide. As it is an autoimmune disease it is often associated with other conditions such as Type 1 Diabetes and thyroid disease. The disease causes damage to the enterocytes. The precise mechanism for this is unclear,
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