Home Parenteral Nutrition Program | Conditions and Treatments

Cloacal Exstrophy

What is cloacal exstrophy? In cloacal exstrophy, a portion of the large intestine lies outside of the body, and on either side of it — and connected to it — are the two halves of the bladder. In boys,...

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What is diarrhea? Diarrhea is defined as watery stool, increased frequency of bowel movement or both. In most cases, diarrhea in children lasts no more than a few days and goes away on its own. These...

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What is gastroschisis? Gastroschisis is a condition affecting newborns in which an opening in the abdominal wall fails to close during fetal development. Gastroschisis occurs in about 1 in every 5,000...

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Hirschsprung's Disease

What is Hirschsprung’s disease? Hirschsprung's disease occurs when some of your baby’s intestinal nerve cells (ganglion cells) don’t develop properly, delaying the progression of stool through the...

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Intestinal atresia and stenosis

Nutrition is absorbed by the intestines similar to the way that water is absorbed by a sponge. But some children are born with defects that prevent their intestines from “soaking up” all the nutrition...

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Intestinal Malrotation

When a fetus is about five weeks old, her intestine exits her abdomen into the amniotic fluid (where there’s more space), and continues to grow there. At around ten weeks, the intestine re-enters the...

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Iron Deficiency Anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a common blood disorder that occurs when red blood cell counts are low due to low levels of iron. Red blood cells use iron to produce a protein called hemoglobin, which is...

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Necrotizing enterocolitis is (NEC) is a serious intestinal illness in babies that results in the death of intestinal tissues. Premature babies or sick newborns are at the greatest risk for necrotizing...

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Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS)

What is short bowel syndrome? Short bowel syndrome (SBS), or simply “short gut,” is a rare condition caused by the loss of a functioning small intestine. The small intestine is an important part of...

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