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Pediatric Intestinal Failure

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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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Our pediatric experts are dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care for your child to treat and manage the full range of digestive disorders. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Intestinal Failure

Departments that Treat Intestinal Failure

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.

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Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children's National Hospital's top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.

Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

Our intestinal rehabilitation experts provide advanced, comprehensive services for children with intestinal failure.