JEFFREY ASKANAZI, M.D.; VLADIMIR KVETAN, M.D.; TERRY HENSLE, M.D.
To the editor: We are responding to the position and background papers on perioperative nutrition in the August 1987 issue (1, 2). Citing the iatrogenic complications from parenteral nutrition the authors concluded that although perioperative nutrition may be justified in certain high-risk patients, further studies were needed to show its effectiveness in other patient populations, particularly previously well-nourished patients.
Hyperalimentation, total parenteral nutrition, parenteral nutritional support, and parenteral feeding were used interchangeably in both papers, although these terms can have very different meanings. Although different nutrient compositions will have different rates of effectiveness and complications in different patient groups, no attempt
ASKANAZI J, KVETAN V, HENSLE T. Perioperative Nutrition. Ann Intern Med. ;108:912. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-6-912_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(6):912.
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