Pentobarbital Coma in Neurosurgical Patients: Nutrition Considerations

Barbara Magnuson, Jimmi Hatton, Thomas N. Zweng, Byron Young

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Neurosurgical patients in pentobarbital coma are a complex nutrition support population. Physiologic changes associated with the primary injury to the brain, combined with the pharmacodynamic influences of barbiturate therapy, contribute to the difficulties of initiating aggressive nutrition support. Early nutritional repletion is important to the overall outcome of traumatically injured patients. Consequently, factors that influence nutrition support decisions must be understood to assure appropriate intervention. The metabolic changes associated with traumatic head injury, pentobarbital therapy, and nutrition support strategies are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-150
Number of pages5
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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