Intestinal failure happens when the small intestine can’t properly absorb nutrients, vitamins and water from food. Some babies are born with missing or dysfunctional small intestines, for which they may need surgery.
In children, intestinal failure can lead to malnourishment, poor growth, problems with the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder, and other complications.
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Providers Who Treat Intestinal Failure
Departments that Treat Intestinal Failure
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Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
Our intestinal rehabilitation experts provide advanced, comprehensive services for children with intestinal failure.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.