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Intestinal failure, sometimes referred to as “short bowel syndrome" or "short gut syndrome,” results from a number of causes ranging from surgical removal to functional failure to develop. UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers a unique approach to treating short bowel syndrome and is at the forefront of treating this medical issue. A multi-specialty group of pediatric experts from surgery, gastroenterology and transplant collaborate to evaluate the underlying diagnosis, nutritional needs and digestive functions. After evaluation, a patient may be recommended for a bowel-lengthening procedure.
Whether a portion of the intestine has been removed by surgery, has been damaged by physical trauma or has stopped developing or working, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh provides family-centered, innovative care. Both the patient and family are provided support and education as needed. The expert team dedicated to each patient evaluates all possibilities before determining a course of treatment. The goal of this unified approach improves liver function and nutritional absorption.
If a bowel-lengthening procedure is determined to be the best option, one of two procedures may be used, as described below:
In situations where a bowel-lengthening procedure will not be effective, a transplant may be recommended. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of short bowel syndrome patients are referred for transplantation. In addition, our surgeons exhaust all options before recommending transplantation.
As the nation’s first transplantation program, Children’s Hospital has been at the forefront of pediatric liver transplantation and intestine transplantation for over 25 years. Our pediatric intestine and liver transplant survival rates are among the highest in the world.
At Children’s, every child diagnosed with a colorectal condition is handled with an individualized treatment plan and family-centered care. In addition, cutting-edge research and the latest technology provide our patients with the best possible outcomes.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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