Intestinal adaptation

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Learn about intestinal adaptation and weaning children with intestinal failure off total parenteral nutrition to achieve enteral autonomy.

Key points

  • Intestinal adaptation is the natural process of the intestinal tract adjusting after a child loses a significant amount of their bowel.
  • During adaptation, the way the bowel functions changes to help the bowel absorb nutrients and fluids more effectively.
  • The goal of intestinal adaptation is to achieve enteral autonomy, which means receiving all calories, fluid and nutrients via the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and stopping all parenteral nutrition (PN).
  • A multidisciplinary approach is needed to achieve enteral autonomy and enhance intestinal adaptation.
Last updated: October 28th 2022