blind loop syndrome

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(stagnant loop syndrome) a condition of stasis of the small intestine allowing the overgrowth of bacteria, which causes malabsorption and the passage of fatty stools (see steatorrhoea). It is usually a result of chronic obstruction (resulting, for example, from Crohn’s disease, a stricture, or intestinal tuberculosis), or surgical bypass operations producing a stagnant length of bowel, or conditions (e.g. a jejunal diverticulum) in which a segment of intestine is out of continuity with the rest.

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