Intestine

Intestinal Failure

What is Intestinal Failure?

  • Intestinal failure is the inability of the small bowel to ingest, digest and absorb nutrients, water and electrolytes required to maintain the nutritional status in adults and growth in children.
  • Intestinal failure (IF) results from:
    • Blockage in the intestine
    • Inability of the intestinal track to move food through the intestine
    • Surgical procedures that result in partial or complete loss of the small intestine
    • Congenital defects that cause loss of the small intestine
    • Congenital defects that cause the small intestine not to absorb fluid or nutrition
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