Malabsorption is characterized by the inability to digest or absorb nutrients from the small intestine into the bloodstream and is related to diseases of the pancreas, liver, and intestine. Test choice depends on the clinician’s suspicion regarding the etiology of the malabsorption (eg, carbohydrate malabsorption versus fat malabsorption). “Shotgun” approaches to malabsorption evaluations are not recommended.

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November 2017

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