In cases where an anatomic of functional amputation of the small bowel dictates that parenteral nutrition needs to be prolonged, it is essential to offer the child the best possible quality of life. In this regard, being in his home environment is an important component. Over an 8 year-period (1980-1988), 88 children went home with cyclic parenteral nutrition. In 34, parenteral nutrition was eventually discontinued: 40 are still parenteral nutrition-dependent and 14 died. In most cases, the growth and quality of life were satisfactory. Complications consisted essentially of infections, with 1 septicemia for 692 days of home parenteral nutrition (HPN). In the light of these results, HPN appears to be the best option for prolonged parenteral nutrition-dependent children. However, it cannot be set up without the help of a suitable center able to follow the children and to ensure the logistic support necessary for this highly technical and demanding type of care.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Home parenteral nutrition in children. Evaluation after an 8 year-experience with 88 patients
|Number of pages
|Archives Francaises de Pediatrie
|Published - Jan 1 1989
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health