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Pediatric Intestinal Rehabilitation Center


The Intestinal Rehabilitation Center at Children’s Health is a comprehensive team of health care providers who care for children with intestinal failure. Our program is the only one of its kind in North Texas. We provide integrated care which includes evaluation, nutrition rehabilitation and support, and medical and surgical management. We also provide transition of care to local health care providers with periodic follow up in our center for families that live far away.  

Why Children's Health℠?

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children’s Health is a leader in the treatment and care of pediatric gastrointestinal conditions. We are at the forefront of research into new treatments for digestive and nutrition problems in infants, children and adolescents. 

Our Approach

We recognize every child is unique and we aim to provide management strategies that work for the entire family. Our recommendations include extensive training for family members to recognize medical problems to avoid hospitalizations, and help manage long term medical needs and enjoy the best quality of life. We work closely with the nation’s leading pediatric intestinal transplant centers and facilitate referral for transplant evaluation when necessary.    

Intestinal Rehabilitation Goals

Our primary goal is for infants and children to achieve intestinal independence. This goal is achieved by:

  • Promoting early enteral feedings
  • Minimizing liver disease (using alternate lipid strategies)
  • Preventing blood stream infections with proper education
  • Preservation of central venous access
  • Preforming autologous intestinal reconstruction surgery when appropriate

Clinical Research Initiatives

Our research is focused on improving the lives of children with intestinal failure. Ongoing research initiatives include:

  • Defining and treating small bowel bacterial overgrowth
  • Alternative lipid strategies
  • Prevention and treatment of catheter related blood stream infections
  • Prevention of central venous thrombosis