Why is TPN used?

For Charlie, he uses TPN due to having Short Bowel Syndrome after having a large portion of his Small Bowel removed leaving him with only 25cm due to developing Necrotizing Enterocolitis at 5 weeks old. He like many others is unable to receive nutrition through eating to sustain a balanced diet and is currently fully TPN Dependent. Other reasons individuals may require TPN is if they have been recommended to give their bowel a rest due to disease, illness or medical condition., showing signs of obstruction, not absorbing properly, or under a great deal of stress due to gastrointestinal fistula an (abnormal connection). ​​

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TPN may also be used for individuals with any of the following:

  • Individuals with paralyzed or non functional GI tract

  • Individuals with Short Bowel Syndrome and have very little bowel remaining t absorb enough or any nutrients to sustain a healthy balanced diet.

  • Individuals who have had nothing by mouth (NPO) for seven days or longer

  • Critically ill patients

  • Babies with an immature gastrointestinal system or congenital malformations

  • Chronic prolonged bouts of diarrhoea or vomiting with a need for surgery, malnourished individuals to prepare them for major surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment.

  • Individuals in hyperbolic states, such as severe burns, trauma, multiple fractures

  • Individuals with AIDS or widespread infection (Sepsis)

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