Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation

Whether detected in utero or after your child is born, a diagnosis of short bowel syndrome (also called intestinal failure or short gut syndrome) can be devastating. This condition can occur when a baby is born with certain birth defects (such as gastroschisis) an insufficient amount of intestine (such as intestinal atresia or stenosis), as the result of an illness called necrotizing enterocolitis or when surgery to correct an intestinal blockage removes too much intestine.

Whatever the cause, short bowel syndrome means that children lack sufficient intestinal function to grow and develop. Children with short bowel syndrome require specialized nutrition support, often including tube feedings or intravenous nutrition. Multiple operations and medications are often required to manage the condition. It's natural to feel overwhelmed by this rare but serious condition — and to wonder if your child is receiving the best possible care.

That's why families from around the world come to the Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR) at Boston Children's Hospital. Our clinicians have decades of experience in treating children with short bowel syndrome, setting the standard of care for managing this complex problem.