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Small bowel transplant, Crohn's experts from around the world hosted by Georgetown
Date:9/14/2011

ments in this field that has only begun to see real progress for patients in the past decade. It used to be that babies born with a small bowel deformity died within a few months; patients who suffered a trauma or injury to the small intestine later in life had very few life-saving options and if they did survive, they often faced a limited quality of life. Today, we can offer them life, and a good quality of life at that."

Another area of study is the rehabilitation and repair of the small intestine through new medications and dietary changes under the close scrutiny of physicians and clinicians who have experience with treating such patients. "Our ultimate goal is to try to get the small intestine to repair itself so a patient doesn't need a transplant. But if that's not possible, we take their treatment to the next step."

"I'm glad all these experts are coming together from all over the world like this," said McNeel. "All their work sure helped me and I know they'll help others like me. I'm pretty sure I would have died without my transplant. It gave me a new lease on life."


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Contact: Marianne Worley
worleym@gunet.georgetown.edu
703-558-1287
Georgetown University Medical Center
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