Nutrition therapy plays an important role in SBS management.1 It is a carefully planned, patient-specific diet that helps to improve the ability of the remaining intestine to absorb fluids and nutrients. It involves having an optimised oral diet that may be made up of small, frequent meals, rich in complex carbohydrates, along with vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as solutions to help prevent dehydration.1,2
Unfortunately, nutrition therapy alone isn't
enough for patients with severe forms of SBS,
such as SBS with intestinal failure1–4
- Matarese LE. Nutrition and fluid optimization for patients with short bowel syndrome. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2013;37(2):161–70.
- Jeppesen PB. Spectrum of short bowel syndrome in adults: intestinal insufficiency to intestinal failure. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014;38(1 Suppl):8S–13S.
- Buchman AL. Etiology and initial management of short bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology 2006;130(2 Suppl 1):S5–15.
- Kelly DG, Tappenden KA, Winkler MF. Short bowel syndrome: highlights of patient management, quality of life, and survival. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014;38(4):427–37.
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