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Home enteral nutrition in children: a 14-year multicenter survey.
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PMID:  23187954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Background/Objectives:The practice of home enteral nutrition (HEN) represents a relevant aspect of the clinical management of both malnourished children and well-nourished children unable to be fed using an oral diet. The aim of this study was to estimate in an Italian paediatric population over a 14-year period (1996-2009), the clinical relevance and results over time of HEN activity.Subjects/methods:HEN-computerized database and medical/dietetic charts were evaluated for patients aged at start of HEN <18 years and HEN duration >1 month.Results:During the study period, we recorded 757 HEN programs. HEN began at a median age of 2 years for a median duration of 8.1 months. The complication rate was 14.8%. In the second period of the survey (2003-2009), the main changes concerned the underlying diseases requiring HEN, choice of formula feeding and access route. In 2009, the estimated overall prevalence of HEN was 3.47 and the incidence 2.45 per 100 000 inhabitants from 0 to 18 years of age.Conclusions:The epidemiological data of this study demonstrate that HEN concerns a growing number of Italian children and families. Some aspects of HEN clinical management should be modified to reach the recommended standards.European Journal of Clinical Nutrition advance online publication, 28 November 2012; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2012.184.
Authors:
A Diamanti; V M Di Ciommo; A Tentolini; A Lezo; M I Spagnuolo; A Campanozzi; F Panetta; M Sole Basso; D Elia; M Gambarara
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5640     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804070     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Nutr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit, 'Bambino Gesù' Children's Hospital, Rome, Italy.
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