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Gastroenterology Nutrition Clinic

Turn to our Gastroenterology Nutrition Clinic if you're having a hard time absorbing nutrients from your food and drinks. We'll pinpoint the cause of your condition and treat it so that you walk out our doors feeling healthier and happier.

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Nutrition planning that’s easy to digest

Many gastrointestinal disorders can prevent your body from getting the nutrients it needs. The average adult gastrointestinal tract can be longer than a pickup truck. That means food has a long way to travel through the body from the moment it enters the mouth until it exits at the opposite end.

When your gastrointestinal tract isn't working how it should, the foods you eat pass through your body without providing any benefits. While we treat many gastrointestinal conditions, addressing nutritional complications from these disorders is an added benefit of choosing Tufts Medicine for your gastroenterology care.

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Gastrointestinal disorders that make it difficult to absorb nutrients properly include:

Celiac disease
Crohn's disease
Pancreatic insufficiency


We’ll use the latest diagnostic technology and therapeutic tools to paint a complete picture of why your body is struggling to hold on to the nutrients you’re feeding it.



When you're struggling to retain nutrients from your food, we offer 2 main types of nutritional support strategies:

  • Enteral feeding: Also known as tube feeding, this approach passes food directly to your stomach or small intestine.
  • Parenteral feeding: This approach bypasses normal eating and digestion by delivering food and nutrition intravenously (through an IV).

We often reach out to our colleagues in other departments to give you the strongest care team possible. Our registered dietitians can help you find foods you'll love that also provide nourishment your body needs. We often collaborate with endocrinologists specializing in bone and lipid disorders since these conditions often occur alongside nutrient absorption challenges.

You may only need to see us a few times before we refer you back to your primary care doctor. Or, the road to recovery may require long-term management from our team. No matter how long you're in our care, we'll be right by your side.

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