Intestinal Failure

The type and length of treatment differs for each case, depending on the child's needs and goals. Some of the treatments include:

  • Counseling and education about intestinal rehabilitation
  • Drug and diet modification to train the small intestine to absorb more nutrients
  • Consultations to help assess and correct nutrient deficiencies and prevent damage to kidneys, bones and liver
  • Placement of catheters in veins called central venous lines and management of these catheters
  • Surgery, such as bowel lengthening and tapering that can help increase bowel length and nutrient absorption
  • Intestinal transplant

For patients dependent on TPN, we aim to:

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for TPN
  • Reduce complications associated with TPN
  • Decrease diarrhea or vomiting
  • Help the patient gain weight
  • Decrease the need for intestinal transplantation

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.