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Types of Intestinal Transplants We Perform at UPMC

When intestinal rehabilitation alone is not successful, transplantation may be a life-changing — or even lifesaving — treatment option for irreversible intestinal failure.

At the UPMC Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., we offer three main types of intestinal transplants.

Isolated Intestine (Small Bowel) Transplantation

People who are born with or develop irreversible intestinal failure become unable to digest food well enough to eat a normal, oral diet or receive nutrition through a tube. As a result, they require total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

For those with organ failure limited to the small bowel only, isolated intestinal transplantation can be a lifesaving and life-enhancing option.

Combined Liver and Intestine Transplantation

This type of transplant is the only lifesaving treatment for people with both liver and intestinal failure.

Without treatment, and with continuation of TPN, people with this condition have an expected median survival of less than 12 months.

Multivisceral Transplantation

This type of transplant is for people with diffuse gastrointestinal disorders commonly associated with gut failure or life-threatening neoplasm.

The transplant includes the:

  • Stomach
  • Duodenum
  • Pancreas
  • Intestine, with or without the liver

Contact the IRTC

To learn more or to refer a patient, contact the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Center.

Phone: 1-877-640-6746 or 412-647-5800
24-hour physician referral line: 1-800-544-2500
Fax: 412-647-5070


Communicate with us via our contact form.

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