Effects of SBS and its management in paediatric patients

SBS and long-term parenteral support (PS) in children can be associated with multiple health issues and side effects.1,2

PS, in combination with little or no enteral feeding, premature birth, low birthweight, repeated catheter infections, and a lack of proper nutrition, may contribute to children developing liver disease related to SBS-IF.3 Liver disease is one of the primary causes of death in children with SBS.4

Children with SBS-IF also often have decreased overall growth and bone mineralisation.5

Quality of life

SBS-IF can have an important effect on the general well-being (quality of life) of children compared with healthy children, and these effects can potentially go well beyond the initial period of intestinal adaptation.6

While there are obvious effects on children with SBS-IF, the condition can also cause stress for the child's parents.7

The multidisciplinary team

Over recent years, multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) have been established to treat this disorder. MDTs are groups of healthcare professionals with different specialities who work as a team for the best treatment of the patient. The introduction of the MDT has led to a significant improvement in survival of patients with SBS and therefore should be used in centres where it is possible.8–10

The introduction of the MDT improved survival in patients with SBS8–10


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