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Readmissions related to short bowel syndrome: a study from a national database
  1. Kwabena Oware Adu-Gyamfi1,
  2. Chaitanya Pant2,
  3. Abhishek Deshpande3,
  4. Mojtaba Olyaee2
  1. 1 Internal Medicine, HSHS Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
  3. 3 Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kwabena Oware Adu-Gyamfi, Internal Medicine, HSHS Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA; owadu{at}


While short bowel syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of intestinal failure in children, little objective data are available regarding hospital readmissions for children with SBS. This study sought to investigate rehospitalizations related to SBS in young children. Data for study were obtained from the 2013 Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD). Using data from the 2013 NRD, we identified a total of 1898 hospitalizations in children with SBS aged 1–4 years. A total of 901 index cases and 997 rehospitalizations were noted. Of these, 425 children (47.2%) underwent rehospitalizations. The most frequent diagnoses and procedures associated with readmission of children with SBS were related to infections and intravenous catheter placement. This is the first study to use US nationwide data to report on the incidence of readmissions in children with SBS. The results from this study indicate that improving central line care and providing home healthcare resources to families at discharge may help in preventing SBS-related rehospitalizations.

  • digestive system
  • risk
  • hospital charges
  • syndrome
  • gastrointestinal contents

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  • Contributors KOA-G: drafted manuscript, did literature review. CP: drafted manuscript, did literature review, statistical analysis. AD: assisted with statistical analysis, reviewed draft, editing. MO: reviewed draft and statistical analysis, editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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