In some cases, different types of surgery may help to improve the ability of the intestine to absorb fluids and nutrients. However, these procedures are not always successful and are associated with the risk of complications such as obstruction or leakage of the intestine.1
Intestinal transplantation is typically reserved for patients who cannot be managed with conventional therapies1,2
Due to high mortality rates, it is not recommended as an alternative for patients who are being adequately maintained with parenteral support.1
- Hofstetter S, Stern L, Willet J. Key issues in addressing the clinical and humanistic burden of short bowel syndrome in the US. Curr Med Res Opin 2013;29(5):495–504.
- Kelly DG, Tappenden KA, Winkler MF. Short bowel syndrome: highlights of patient management, quality of life, and survival. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014;38(4):427–437.
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