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Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jan;60(1):58-61.

Adult home parenteral nutrition: a clinical evaluation after a 3-year experience in a Southern European centre.

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Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Federico II University, Naples, Italy.

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the current use of Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) in a Southern European region.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

A total of 159 (86 m, 73 f) HPN patients, mean age 60.1 +/- 14.2 years, BMI 18.8 +/- 3.3kg/m2, consecutively referred to the Artificial Nutrition outpatient Unit of the Federico II University Hospital in Naples (Italy), from January 2000 to December 2002 and treated for at least 4 weeks. Retrospective evaluation of baseline disease, indications and duration of HPN treatment, type of venous access, complications.

RESULTS:

In all, 140 (88%) were cancer and 19 (12%) noncancer patients. Main indications were carcinosis in 68 for total, and hypophagia/dysphagia in 62 patients for partial/integrative (to oral-enteral nutrition) HPN; mean duration of HPN was 81.45 +/- 110.86 days of treatment and infection rate 2.89% in the whole population and 2.66% in the 36 patients treated for more than 3 months. No other major complications have been observed.

CONCLUSION:

HPN is confirmed to be a safe and effective treatment when prescribed and administered by a trained team.

PMID:
16132056
DOI:
10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602267
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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