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Intestinal failure in children is diagnosed when their intestines are unable to absorb the necessary nutrients (proteins, fats, water, vitamins, etc.) for growth and development. This often occurs with short bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease or other digestive diseases. Over time, intestinal failure can lead to malnutrition, growth issues, recurring central line infections and parenteral nutrition associated with liver failure. Pediatric gastroenterologists at University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's are experts in diagnosing and managing your child's intestinal failure. Depending on the diagnosis, we may offer treatment options such as:
Our physicians will work with you and your child to explain treatment options and decide what is the best plan for your family.
At Comer Children's, your child benefits from the combined expertise of many of the nation's leading specialists in gastrointestinal diseases. Our gastroenterologists are nationally and internationally recognized for providing breakthrough care of complex digestive diseases.Meet Our GI Team