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Enteral feed obstructing its own way

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Author(s): Kesarwani Vikas | Ghelani Dhaval | Reece Graham

Journal: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN 0972-5229

Volume: 14;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 141;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Enteral feed solidification | esophageal obstruction | esophageal bezoar

ABSTRACT
Esophageal obstruction due to solidified enteral feeds is a rare but distressful complication in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. It has been suggested that gastroesophageal reflux, very low gastric pH, decreased pepsin and pancreatic enzyme secretions may be responsible for the solidification of casein containing enteral formulas. Recognition and avoidance of these factors will prevent such complication.
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