Adult intestinal transplantation in the United States

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Abstract

Purpose of reviewThere has been a striking decline in the annual volumes of adult intestinal transplants performed in the United States from a peak in 2008, reaching its lowest volume in 2019. The current review examines the pattern and potential reasons for the decline.Recent findingsWe observe that while improvements in intestinal rehabilitation may be contributing to some of the decline, movements of key personnel and the paucity of experts in a rarefied field may also be contributing to declining volumes.SummaryWe suggest that the decline in volumes of adult intestinal transplants are likely to be multifactorial. At a time of improving transplant outcomes, the indications for intestinal transplant suggested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, may be outdated and worthy of revision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • adult intestine transplant
  • outcomes
  • volume

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