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Arthritis Rheum. 1989 Feb;32(2):212-6.

Home central venous hyperalimentation in fifteen patients with severe scleroderma bowel disease.

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University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine 90024.

Abstract

Fifteen patients with severe scleroderma bowel disease began receiving home central venous hyperalimentation (HCVH) between 1979 and 1987. The major reasons for instituting HCVH were intestinal pseudo-obstruction, malabsorption, and malnutrition. Eleven patients had an improved quality of life. Serious complications encountered over these 15,700 catheter-use days were 2 episodes of septicemia and 2 episodes of superior vena cava obstruction. Seven patients died, but none directly from their gastrointestinal disease or from the HCVH.

PMID:
2493254
DOI:
10.1002/anr.1780320216
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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