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Is there alternative to total parenteral nutrition?

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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

Total parental nutrition (TPN) is typically used when a patient has not other means of getting nutrition except through an iv.
(for example their GI system is not working and can not absorb nutrients). Check with your doctor to see if there are any viable alternatives to this method of "feeding". But i suspect that if they have recommended this, they have no other good alternatives.

In brief: Probably not

Total parental nutrition (TPN) is typically used when a patient has not other means of getting nutrition except through an iv.
(for example their GI system is not working and can not absorb nutrients). Check with your doctor to see if there are any viable alternatives to this method of "feeding". But i suspect that if they have recommended this, they have no other good alternatives.
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If your intestinal tract is working, you should try to use it.
If there is a reason that your intestinal tract is not working then Total parenteral nutrition into the veins is necessary to provide, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates in the form of dextrose.

In brief: Yes

If your intestinal tract is working, you should try to use it.
If there is a reason that your intestinal tract is not working then Total parenteral nutrition into the veins is necessary to provide, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates in the form of dextrose.
Dr. Martin Fried
Dr. Martin Fried
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Best is oral

Always it better with enteral feeding.
If it cannot be done than other options are nasogastric feeding, peg or jejunostomy feeding etc. All of these have their limitations and specific indications.

In brief: Best is oral

Always it better with enteral feeding.
If it cannot be done than other options are nasogastric feeding, peg or jejunostomy feeding etc. All of these have their limitations and specific indications.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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