Congenital short bowel syndrome with malrotation

Chang Gung Med J. 2004 Jul;27(7):548-50.


Congenital short bowel syndrome (SBS) associated with malrotation and malabsorption is a very rare condition. We report on an infant girl with congenital SBS associated with malrotation and malabsorption. No polyhydraminos was noted during the regular prenatal examination. Protracted postnatal postprandial vomiting with progressive failure to thrive was noted. A laparotomy showed the small bowel was only about 20 cm in length. She eventually survived with short-term parenteral nutrition and use of oral L-glutamine supplementation. To our knowledge, this might be the shortest length of bowel loop ever reported. Currently, she is 15 months of age with a body weight of about 7 kg and good development.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Digestive System Abnormalities / complications
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / drug therapy
  • Digestive System Abnormalities / surgery*
  • Female
  • Glutamic Acid / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intestinal Diseases / congenital
  • Intestinal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Intestinal Diseases / surgery
  • Intestinal Obstruction / drug therapy
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Laparotomy
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / drug therapy
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / etiology
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / surgery
  • Short Bowel Syndrome / complications
  • Short Bowel Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Short Bowel Syndrome / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Glutamic Acid