Nutritional Articles

Nutritional and clinicopathological effects of post operative parenteral nutrition following small intestinal resection

Published: 2004-08-30

Brief content of the article
The authors conducted this study to evaluate the nutritional status of horses starved routinely following colic surgery and to assess the nutritional impact of this parenteral nutrition (PN) protocol during the post operative period of enteral starvation. At the time of surgery, the horses included in the experiment were allocated to either a PN group (n =15) or to a control group (n=15) which did not receive PN post operatively. The results indicated that the control group demonstrated significant clinicopathological evidence of starvation and the PN protocol resulted in a improved nutritional status in the treated horses.
However, the authors wrote that in the absence of clear evidence of clinically beneficial effects, PN cannot yet be recommended for widespread use.
Keywords: horse; colic; surgery; parenteral nutrition; recovery; clinical nutrition.

Reference
Durham, A.E., Phillips, T.J. , Walmley, J.P. and Newton, J.R. 2004. Nutritional and clinicopathological effects of post operative parenteral nutrition following small intestinal resection and anastomosis in the mature horse. Equine. vet. J. 36:390-396.

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