Nutrition Support for Intestinal Failure

A recent blog post by Kipp Ellsworth (The Pediatric Nutritionist) highlights a recent lecture by Conrad Cole that provides several useful points.  The post includes a link (embedded talk) to 76 slides. Here are a few:

  • Iodine deficiency: Dr. Cole “typically orders a TSH level every six months, also ordering a spot urine iodine if a significant TSH uptrend emerges.”
  • Lipids: “Dr. Cole reviewed evidence revealing the restriction of soy-based lipids to 0.5 gm/kg/day as nearly efficacious as the use of fish-oil infusion (Omegaven) in preventing PNALD.” Daily use of 0.5-1 gm/kg/day is less error-prone than using lipids 3-4 times/week.
  • Formula: “breastmilk constitutes the touchstone of enteral nutrition choices for the intestinal rehab patient, conferring a host of benefits beyond those associated with formula alone… the medium-chain triglyceride component of many oligomeric and monomeric formulas constitutes a therapeutically valuable source of nutrition, increasing the proportion of calories absorbed.”
  • Formula for toddlers: “Dr. Cole continues transitioning his patients to oligomeric and monomeric formulas such as Elecare Junior, Pediasure Peptide, and Peptamen Junior upon reaching toddlerhood.”
  • Fiber: “Dr. Cole recommended the use of a sc-FOS product such as NutraFloraas optimal for the short bowel syndrome population.  Dr. Cole initially doses soluble fiber at 1 gm/100 mL of formula and advances as tolerated to a maximum of 2 gm/100 mL formula.  He typically does not use supplemental fiber to control ostomy output in patients without a colon in continuity”
  • Enteral fish oil: “Dr. Cole remains unconvinced of the therapeutic value of enteral fish oil supplementation pending further research studies on the subject.”

Funding for his talk was provided by Abbott Nutrition.

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