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Intestinal transplants, or short bowel transplants, are performed to replace diseased intestines with healthy ones. A part of the small intestine can be transplanted into a child. If needed, other organs can be transplanted at the same time.
When children suffer from advanced intestinal disease, they need to be given nutrition through their veins. This is called total parenteral nutrition (TPN). But TPN can cause serious problems if it needs to be done for a long period of time. Extended administration of TPN can cause the following problems:
When any of these problems occur, doctors must consider an intestinal transplant.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, in 2004, 152 intestinal transplants (of which 92 were pediatric intestine transplants) and 46 multi-organ liver-intestine transplants (of which 44 were pediatric) were performed in the United States. The waiting list is long, however. As of August 19, 2005, 17,188 (including 142 children) were waiting for an intestine transplant.
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
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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