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alabsorbtion was posted 03/31/2010 02:11 pm by Alyssa Brewer
E-mail Address: alyssa_at_school@yahoo.com

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After my whipple I experienced malabsorbtion due to chylous ascites that was quite severe. I had no trace of cancer in my system but my lymphatic system rebelled. I had dumping syndrome and was unable to process long or short chain fatty acids. I went on portagen which is a medium chain fatty acid/protein supplement. I am allergic to human albumin so I couldn't have that even when my albumin was below 5 which it was for quite awhile. I had to completely change what I ate, when I ate, how much I ate, etc. Less than 20 grams of fat per day. TPN was disucssed and we were in the planning stages to implement that, but my ascites started clearing up and my albumin started going up and I was able to eat some more different proteins. I still struggle some with ascites and have bouts of dumping and malabsorbtion and stattorhea. It's a tough issue. Good luck!

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