4 – Gastrointestinal Issues: Diarrhea
Since weakened muscles do not work effectively in pushing food through the bowel, systemic scleroderma patients may suffer damage to the muscles of the small bowel (small intestine).
A result of this could be an increase in bacteria, which ultimately may lead to diarrhea, bloating, a distended feeling, and some pain if the bowel is stretched.
Another problem which often occurs and may lead to weight loss and stool abnormalities is the fact that nutrients may not be absorbed properly into the body.
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