How can pathologists help to diagnose late complications in small bowel and multivisceral transplantation?

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intestinal transplantation (ITx) and multivisceral transplantation (MVTx) has evolved into a viable treatment option for short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure due to a variety of factors including improved immunosuppressive regimens, superior surgical and medical management, and enhanced posttransplant monitoring. RECENT FINDINGS: The transplant pathologist is a central member of the transplant team in all phases of solid organ transplantation and as such, plays an important role in the evaluation of early and late complications after ITx and MVTx. Central among the tools for the pathologist is the mucosal biopsy, used for discerning histopathological changes in the allograft. The principal complications seen in the late posttransplant phase are acute rejection, chronic rejection, infections, and a variety of other inflammatory conditions. In order to more precisely characterize these conditions, the transplant pathologist must also be able to utilize numerous other laboratory tests and panels of molecular biomarkers that serve as ancillary information to complement the biopsy impression. SUMMARY: Using this array of tools, the transplant pathologist is now able to provide rapid and precise information regarding the gastrointestinal (GI) transplant complications, a function that allows the clinical team to appropriately and successfully intervene and that helps contribute to the observed improvement in patient and graft survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • intestinal transplantation
  • multivisceral transplantation
  • transplant disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation


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