Intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Alternative names 
Post gastrectomy syndrome; Stagnant loop; Overgrowth - intestinal bacteria; Gastrojejunal loop obstruction; Afferent loop syndrome; Bacterial overgrowth - intestine

Definition

Intestinal bacterial overgrowth occurs when the normal bacterial population of the gut has been eradicated. This is caused by a variety of disorders. Symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea. Severe cases lead to malnutrition.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.

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