gut failure

gut failure

A condition in which the intestinal tract cannot process enough food to maintain adequate nutrition. Permanent gut failure most commonly results from removal of too great a length of the small intestine or from Crohn's disease or local loss of blood supply. Other causes include failure of neurological control of intestinal motility and DIABETES. Life must be maintained by tube feeding (parenteral nutrition).
References in periodicals archive ?
Too many can cause teeth troubles, obesity and gut failure.
Nurses Louise Patterson and Anthea Bryce-Smith were representing the Friends of Josh Foundation which helps the families of children suffering from severe gut failure.