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An intestine transplant evaluation is an important step along the way to an intestinal transplant. An intestinal assessment will help determine if an intestinal transplant is the best way to treat your child. If transplantation is the best treatment, the evaluation also helps determine which type of transplant would be best for your child.
The goal of the intestine transplant team is to give you and your child every opportunity to succeed and thrive when you return home after transplant. This begins at evaluation. The evaluation will give the transplant team a great deal of information.
Your child's intestine transplant evaluation will probably take five days. At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, it is usually done Monday through Friday as an inpatient. If your child has been evaluated at another transplant center, the evaluation may take only three days. Occasionally, an evaluation is done as an outpatient.
There is a lot to accomplish during the evaluation. Your child will have a variety of assessments, tests, and procedures. The results give the transplant team important information. It will help them to decide if an intestinal transplant is the best way to treat your child.
No two intestine transplant evaluations are alike. The assessments and tests your child will have depend on each child's individual needs. Some of the assessments and tests your child may have include:
Depending on your child's unique medical condition and status, your child may have more or less assessments, tests, and procedures.
You, your family, and child will meet many members of the transplant team during the evaluation. Some of the members of your child's transplant team will include:
The intestine transplant evaluation process may seem overwhelming. Your child will have many tests and procedures. Your family will meet many members of the transplant team during the evaluation. They really are a team working together ready to help you at any time. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or to be involved in the process. The goal of the evaluation is to provide the transplant team with the information they need to determine the best course of treatment for your child. If the team decides an intestinal transplant is the best way to treat your child, then the information will also be used to make the transplant as successful as possible.
After the intestine transplant evaluation is completed and you return home, the transplant team will meet and discuss the results of your child's evaluation. At the meeting, the team will decide if transplant is the best way to treat your child's intestinal disease. If the team decides an intestinal transplant is the best option, they will also determine which type of intestinal transplant is best for your child. A transplant surgeon and coordinator will talk to your family about their recommendation.
Children who are not recommended for intestinal transplantation are given an alternative treatment plan that can be followed with your child's local doctor. If an intestinal transplant is recommended, your child will be placed on the national transplant waiting list. The intestinal transplant waiting list is a list of all people -- children, teens, and adults -- waiting for an intestinal transplant. Your child's transplant coordinator will place him or her on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) national waiting list based on blood type, weight, and other UNOS criteria (www.UNOS.org). If your child also needs other organs, he or she will be placed on these waiting lists at the same time. You will receive a letter to confirm your child's placement on the waiting list.
Learn more about Intestinal Transplant Procedures for Children at UPMC Children’s Hospital.
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