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Adding Dietary Green Beans Resolves the Diarrhea Associated With Bowel Surgery in Neonates: A Case Study

Drenckpohl, Douglas, Hocker, James, Shareef, Maliha, Vegunta, Ravindra, Colgan, Cheryl
Nutrition in clinical practice 2005 v.20 no.6 pp. 674-677
adults, adverse effects, case studies, cholestasis, diarrhea, dietary fiber, enteral feeding, green beans, malabsorption, neonates, osteopenia, parenteral feeding, small intestine, stomach, surgery
Feeding intolerance is a common problem in infants who have had multiple or extensive resections of their small bowel. Chronic malabsorption and diarrhea are common side effects that inhibit the advancement of enteral feedings and prolong dependence on parenteral nutrition (PN). Poor growth, recurrent central line infections, cholestasis, and osteopenia are well-known complications associated with long-term PN dependency. It has been shown that, in adults with short bowel syndrome, providing dietary fiber can improve tolerance to enteral feeding. There are no published studies that have addressed the influence of dietary fiber on feeding intolerance in infants after bowel resections. The ensuing case studies illustrate the positive outcomes of fiber use in infants with diarrhea secondary to small bowel resections.