Intestinal Rehabilitation Program (IRP)

The Intestinal Rehabilitation Program (IRP) at MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive medical care to children with disorders of the bowel that compromise their ability to grow and thrive.

Some children with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract patients cannot absorb enough nutrients from their food and require intravenous nutrition. We work with our multidisciplinary team to help your child’s gut adapt, or learn how to absorb nutrients, while ensuring optimized growth and development.

Our IRP team consists of a gastroenterologist, neonatologist, pharmacist, dietitian, and a surgeon.

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call: 843-876-0444.

Conditions We Treat

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Meconium Ileus
  • Gastroschisis
  • Intestinal Malrotation and Volvulus
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  • Small Bowel Atresia

Services We Provide

  • Surgical intervention for congenital defects of the bowel
  • Nutrition Support for patients on IV nutrition and tube feedings
  • Counseling and education regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options and outcomes
  • Both inpatient and outpatient care
  • Management of central line including repair, replacement, and infection reduction strategies
  • Access to new and state of the art medication and therapies when indicated for your child

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call: 843-876-0444.

Frequently Asked Questions

Intestinal Failure (IF) is a condition where a patient cannot absorb enough nutrition and fluid from their intestine in order to maintain hydration, growth, and development. This requires providing nutrition and hydration, through an intravenous line. The most common reason for intestinal failure is short bowel syndrome (SBS) which is a malabsorptive condition that results from resection of bowel. In pediatric patients, the most common reasons for SBS are: necrotizing enterocolitis, mid-gut volvulus, small bowel atresia, or gastroschisis.

During your child’s IRP clinic visit you will meet with a pediatric gastroenterologist, pharmacist, dietitian, and if needed, our surgeon. We will review growth, laboratory tests, central line status, feeding regimen, and address any concerns you may have. We may get additional laboratory tests during the visit in addition to making changes to your child’s nutrition regimen or medications.



To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call 843-876-0444 and ask to schedule an appointment with Dr. Candi Jump.

Additional Team Members

Amanda Maiello, Dietitian
Allison Rohrer, Dietitian
Shelby O’Neil, Dietitian

Research

The MUSC Pediatric IRP Program is also proud to participate in the International Intestinal Failure Registry (IFR). The IFR creates a large international database that can serve as a repository to promote research and help develop management guidelines for patients enrolled in intestinal rehabilitation programs.

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call: 843-876-0444.