DONALD G. MILLER, M.D.; MARIANNE IVEY, RPh; JEFFRY YOUNG, M.D.
Ten patients with radiation enteritis unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical therapy were put on long-term parenteral nutrition at home. Six of the patients are alive at home; four patients died, two from recurrent cancer. Some of the patients have been able to resume oral intake, but none have been able to discontinue parenteral nutrition. Fistulas healed or had a marked decrease in output. Two patients in our series were given prednisone and sulfasalazine without significant benefit, in contrast to previously reported clinical improvement of radiation enteritis with this therapy.
MILLER DG, IVEY M, YOUNG J. Home Parenteral Nutrition in Treatment of Severe Radiation Enteritis. Ann Intern Med. ;91:858–860. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-6-858
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(6):858-860.
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