Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diabetic Gastroparesis Parenteral Nutrition

Parenteral nutrition is a method of delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream, which completely bypasses the digestive system. This requires placing a thin intravenous tube called into a large vein in the chest. These tubes are called percutaneous intravenous catheter lines.

For feeding, a bag containing special liquid nutrients and medication is attached to the catheter. The fluid enters the bloodstream through the vein. Parenteral nutrition is used only for severe gastroparesis and malnutrition.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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