Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for a Small Intestine Biopsy?

You should consult a Gastroenterologist or General Physician.

2. What is malabsorption?

Malabsorption is a condition in which the absorption of nutrients, vitamins, or minerals from the diet by the lining of the small intestine is impaired. May be due to injury to the intestinal lining, infections, some drugs, blockage of the lymphatic vessels, poor blood supply to the intestine, or diseases like sprue.

3. What is the time taken for small intestine biopsy?

The entire procedure takes few minutes.

4. Abnormal result in Small Intestine Biopsy?

Small-intestine tissue exhibits abnormalities due to any of the following reasons:

Whipple's disease, malabsorption disease, lymphoma, parasitic infections (Giardiasis, Coccidiosis), infectious gastroenteritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract), folate and B12 deficiency, or malnutrition, confirmation studies are needed for conclusive diagnosis.

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