Pattern of growth after pediatric living-donor small bowel transplantation

Marian Porubsky, Giuliano Testa, Eunice John, Mark Holterman, Marc Tsou, Enrico Benedetti

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The aim of our study was to analyze growth in children who underwent LDSB. The question was whether these children obtain linear growth and improvement of the Z-score for height and weight after the transplant. Three children with a mean age of 24 months underwent living-donor intestinal transplantation with 150 cm of terminal ileum. At a mean follow-up of 27 months height increased from 82.5 to 97.5 cm although Z-score for height did not improve, -2.679 to -2.675. Mean weight increased from 11.4 to 14.2 kg while Z-score for weight went from -1.916 to -2.409. Although these data are pertinent to only three children and the follow-up is slightly longer than two yr, it appears that while long-term survival and independency from TPN is achieved, only linear growth might be expected and catch-up growth does not occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-706
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric transplantation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Growth pattern
  • Intestinal transplant
  • Living donor
  • Pediatric
  • Small bowel transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation


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