What is intestinal failure?

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Intestinal failure is a condition in which the GI tract cannot absorb the nutrients a child needs for growth and day-to-day life. Learn about the causes and treatments.

Key points

  • Intestinal failure is when the intestine cannot absorb the calories, fluids and nutrients needed for growth and day-to-day life.
  • Intestinal failure is caused by gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Your child will have a variety of diagnostic tests, bloodwork and nutritional assessments to diagnose IF and determine appropriate treatment.
  • Treatment can include total parenteral nutrition (TPN), intestinal rehabilitation or intestinal transplant.
Last updated: September 27th 2022