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Intestine Transplant


At Children’s Health℠ a multidisciplinary team works together to diagnose the cause of intestinal failure and provide appropriate bowel rehabilitation treatment, including surgical options such as the Bianchi and the STEP procedures.

Many children with intestinal failure who undergo these surgeries will not need the radical intestinal transplant surgery. In cases of irreversible intestinal failure or life-threatening complications such as infections and liver failure, however, intestinal transplantation may be performed. The intestinal and multivisceral transplant program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children who need intestinal and multivisceral transplantation.

An intestinal transplant is an operation in which a portion of a diseased intestine is removed and replaced with a healthy intestine received from a donor. There are a number of diseases and disorders that might lead to the need for an intestinal transplant. Among the common diagnoses for which Children’s Health provides intestinal transplantation services are the following:

  • Congenital diarrhea
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  • Intestinal atresia
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction
  • Microvillus inclusion disease
  • Midgut
  • Motility disorders
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Short gut syndrome
  • Volvulus

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