Intestinal or Multivisceral Transplant

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Contact the Intestine and Multivisceral Transplant Program

If your child has intestinal failure, her body is unable to absorb the nutrients it needs from the food she eats. Many children with this condition receive nutrition intravenously, which allows nutrients to bypass the digestive system altogether and go right into the bloodstream. This treatment is known as parenteral nutrition (PN).

Many children do quite well on PN, but sometimes complications arise that make PN no longer an option. If your child can’t receive PN, or has a digestive condition that cannot be treated, an intestinal or multivisceral transplant may be an option. Did you know?

  • The one-year survival rate for children treated in center experienced with intestinal and multivisceral transplants centers is 80 to 90 percent.
  • Intestinal/multivisceral transplants are extremely rare; this is why data on long-term survival is still lacking.
  • Results will continue to improve as researchers at Boston Children¹s and elsewhere discover new approaches to treating intestinal failure.

Rima Fawaz, MD, Medical Director of the Intestinal and Multivisceral Transplant Program

How Boston Children’s approaches an intestinal/multivisceral transplant

Whether your child needs an intestinal transplant, liver-intestinal transplant or multivisceral transplant, she is in good hands with us. Your child’s team includes:

  • Pediatric transplant surgeons
  • Transplant gastroenterologists/hepatologists
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Transplant infectious disease specialists
  • Transplant psychologists
  • Transplant social workers
  • Radiologists
  • Experts from sub-specialties throughout Boston Children’s, including Child Life specialists and resource specialists, to support your whole family

We also work closely with Boston Children’s Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR)  - one of the world's premier programs for the treatment of short bowel syndrome, a complex and often devastating disorder caused by the loss of part of the small bowel.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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