Defining and assessing tolerance in enteral nutrition

Andrew C. Bernard, Barbara Magnuson, Betty J. Tsuei, Marjorie Swintosky, Stephen Barnes, Paul A. Kearney

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Nutrition support has become widely recognized as an essential component of optimal care for acutely ill patients. Enteral nutrition is preferred over parenteral routes when possible. However, prescribed enteral nutritional regimens are sometimes met with side effects and even complications. These adverse events have been collectively termed "intolerance," and forms of intolerance occur in a spectrum from bothersome at least to life threatening when most severe. Here we discuss nutritional access and its maintenance, introduce and define intolerance, and then review the current literature with regard to principal forms of enteral nutrition intolerance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-486
Number of pages6
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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