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What can cause intestinal failure?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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In brief: Insufficient length

We consider intestinal failure the need to permanently provide another means of nutrition, because the intestines don't provide sufficient intake to support survival.
This occurs when the small intestine has been operated on because of trauma, or because of obstruction, or because of infection, etc. Tpn (total parenteral nutrition) provides nutrition by vein. Small bowel transplant may be possible.

In brief: Insufficient length

We consider intestinal failure the need to permanently provide another means of nutrition, because the intestines don't provide sufficient intake to support survival.
This occurs when the small intestine has been operated on because of trauma, or because of obstruction, or because of infection, etc. Tpn (total parenteral nutrition) provides nutrition by vein. Small bowel transplant may be possible.
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