The current state of intestine transplantation: indications, techniques, outcomes and challenges.


Journal Article (Review)

Intestine transplantation is the least common form of organ transplantation in the United States and often deemed one of the most difficult. Patient and graft survival have historically trailed well behind other organ transplants. Over the past 5-10 years registry reports and single center series have demonstrated improvements to patient survival after intestinal transplantation that now match patient survival for those without life-threatening complications on parenteral nutrition. For various reasons including improvements in medical care of patients with intestinal failure and difficulty accessing transplant care, the actual number of intestine transplants has declined by 25% over the past 6 years. In light of the small numbers of intestine transplants, many physicians and the lay public are often unaware that this is a therapeutic option. The aim of this review is to describe the current indications, outcomes and advances in the field of intestine transplantation and to explore concerns over future access to this important and life-saving therapy.

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Cited Authors

  • Sudan, D

Published Date

  • September 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1976 - 1984

PubMed ID

  • 25307033

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25307033

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1600-6143

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/ajt.12812


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States