Short gut syndrome (sometimes called short bowel syndrome), refers to a collection of disorders that prevent a patient from being able to properly digest and absorb needed nutrients. This may be due to either a congenital condition, or, more often, a bowel resection that has resulted in a significant shortening of the small intestine. It is a fairly complex condition to manage and requires the assistance of a skilled gastroenterologist. Typical symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, weight loss, fatigue, dehydration, easy bruising, muscle spasms, blood clotting problems and more. Depending on the patient and their specific condition, possible treatments can include medications, enteral therapy such as parenteral nutrition and fluid replacement, dietary modifications, intestinal transplant and other surgical options.