Blind loop syndrome : Treatment

Treatment

Treatment generally starts with antibiotics for the excess bacteria growth, along with vitamin B12 supplements. If antibiotics don’t work, surgery to help the food flow through the intestine may be considered.

Prognosis (Expectations)

Many patients get better with antibiotics. If surgical repair is required, the outcome is typically very good.

Complications

  • Complete intestinal obstruction
  • Death of intestine (intestinal infarction)
  • Hole (perforation) in intestine
  • Malabsorption and malnutrition

Calling Your Health Care Provider

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of blind loop syndrome.


Review Date : 5/12/2009
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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