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Malabsorption Syndromes

A group of symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea resulting from the body's inability to properly absorb nutrients.

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Systematic review: pancreatic enzyme treatment of malabsorption associated with chronic pancreatitis

The authors concluded that enzyme supplementation improved coefficient of fat absorption compared to placebo but may not abolish steatorrhoea. This was a generally well-conducted review, but the small number of available studies and participants, and the clinical heterogeneity between the included trials, mean that the authors' conclusions may be over stated.

Lactose Intolerance and Health

We systematically reviewed evidence to determine lactose intolerance (LI) prevalence, bone health after dairy-exclusion diets, tolerable dose of lactose in subjects with diagnosed LI, and management.

Lactose malabsorption and intolerance: a systematic review on the diagnostic value of gastrointestinal symptoms and self-reported milk intolerance

BACKGROUND: When lactose malabsorption gives rise to symptoms, the result is called 'lactose intolerance'. Although lactose intolerance is often bothersome for patients, once recognized it may be managed by simple dietary adjustments. However, diagnosing lactose intolerance is not straightforward, especially in primary care.

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