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Nutrition Support by Brenda O'Day

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Chapter 4

Nutrition Support in Disease States and Conditions

4.1 Introduction

Nutrition support plays a vital role in many diseases and conditions. All patients in chronic disease are susceptible to malnutrition, and nutrition support can help treat those who are undernourished. Liver disease can lead to significant nutrition deficits that are sometimes difficult to identify and treat with liver dysfunction. Diseases and conditions that involve the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are make it challenging for patients to tolerate adequate oral intake. Surgical interventions may alter GI function temporarily or permanently, requiring long-term support. Nutrition is paramount to wound healing of all types, and often patients require early and aggressive ...

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