The role of intestinal transplantation in the management of babies with extensive gut resections

Tomoaki Kato, Naveen Mittal, Seigo Nishida, David Levi, Noriyo Yamashiki, Barbara Miller, Monica Gonzalez, Phillip Ruiz, Juan Madariaga, Jose Nery, Barry Gelman, John Thompson, Anthony Gyamfi, Andreas Tzakis

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Background/Purpose: Modern neonatal care, surgical treatment, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN) have improved survival rate for babies with extensive gut resections. The authors examined the role of intestinal transplantation in the treatment of these patients. Methods: The authors reviewed all pediatric intestinal transplants performed for short bowel syndrome at our center (70 transplants performed between Aug 1994 and Feb 2002). Factors affecting patient survival were analyzed. Results: Older patient age at the time of transplant was a significant factor favorably affecting patient survival (P = .031). Trends toward better survival rates were observed in those transplants performed more recently (P = .063), in those patients with greater body weight (P = .084), in those not hospitalized at the time of transplant (P = .14), and in those without concomitant liver failure (P = .12). Three-year survival rate for patients greater than age 2 years and without liver failure was 90%. However, 32% of our recipients underwent transplant at age less than one year, and most in this group (75%) had concomitant liver failure. Conclusions: For babies with irreversible intestinal failure, intestinal transplantation is a life-saving option. Results, which have recently improved, are best when transplantation compliments more conservative surgical treatments and TPN. However, there is a subset of patients who have liver disease early requiring urgent transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Intestinal transplantation
  • Short bowel syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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