- The term "Malabsorption Syndrome" does not refer to a highly specific etiopathogenesis or even collection of symptomology. Rather, Malabsorption Syndrome is a loose term referring to a diverse group pathologies with varying symptomology caused by some defect in GI Digestion and Absorption of one or more nutrients. In general, however, most malabsorption syndromes results in clinical diarrhea of some kind. Below we have grouped the malabsorption syndromes roughly by their pathogenic mechanism. All of these etiologies are subtopics of this page except for Crohn Disease which is discussed under the Inflammatory Bowel Disease section.
- Failure of Intraluminal Digestion:
- Failure of Terminal Digestion:
- Failure of Transepithelial Transport:
- Reduced Small Intestinal Surface Area: