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J Nephrol. 2014 Aug;27(4):377-83. doi: 10.1007/s40620-014-0051-6. Epub 2014 Feb 21.

Intradialytic parenteral nutrition in end-stage renal disease: practical aspects, indications and limits.

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  • 1Renal Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Parma University Medical School, Parma, Italy, alice.sabatino@gmail.com.


Protein-energy malnutrition (PEW) is highly prevalent in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and is associated with a significant increase of the already high mortality and morbidity risk typical of this clinical setting. Since a key mechanism of PEW in ESRD is inadequate nutrient intake, oral nutritional supplements are extensively employed, and have been demonstrated to be highly effective in PEW prevention and treatment. Intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN), i.e. the administration of nutrients through the extracorporeal circuit during hemodialysis, has also been proposed as a modality of nutritional support for patients with ESRD. However, even though metabolic/nutritional status is improved by this nutritional approach, the evidence linking IDPN to decreased hospitalization rate and lower mortality risk is still scant. The aim of the present paper is to review the role of IDPN as a modality of nutritional supplementation for ESRD patients on hemodialysis. To this end, quantitative and qualitative aspects, practical management, the indications, and limits of IDPN are discussed. On the basis of the available evidence, it is suggested that IDPN is a safe and efficacious modality of nutritional support in ESRD, and could represent an adjunctive strategy for patients with reduced spontaneous dietary intake when intensive dietetic counseling and oral supplementation have failed.

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