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High frequency-low morbidity mechanical complications of tube feeding: a prospective study.
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PMID:  16839978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Because of preferential use of the enteral route for nutritional support, a prospective study of mechanical complications was done in 109 consecutive patients. One hundred seventy-two nasogastric tubes were placed in 60 patients, 42 esophagostomies in 28 patients, 32 gastrostomies in 22 patients and 9 jejunostomies in 8 patients. Data show that the use of enteral feeding tubes is not without complications. The complications fell into two major categories. There were 15 low frequency mechanical complications, of which four (2 carotid artery blowouts, 1 gastrointestinal perforation, and 1 aspiration) were of high morbidity and 11 of low morbidity. There were 132 high frequency-low morbidity complications with the use of 255 tubes. These consisted mainly of unplanned and untimely removal of feeding tubes with interruption of feedings and necessitating tube replacement. Data indicate that the main problems related to the use of enteral nutrition are not the dramatic complications which create notoriety but those related to the ordinary mechanical complications occurring daily and which command little attention because of their low mortality. These can assume importance because of their high frequency and as such are characterized as high frequency-low morbidity complications.
M Butters; A C Campos; M M Meguid
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0261-5614     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8309603     Medline TA:  Clin Nutr     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-92     Citation Subset:  -    
Chirurgische Abteilung, Marienhospital, Boeheimstrasse 37, 7000 Stuttgart 1, Germany.
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