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Hepatology – Guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition, Chapter 16

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Author(s): Plauth, M. | Schuetz, T. | Working group for developing the guidelines for parenteral nutrition of The German Association for Nutritional Medicine

Journal: GMS German Medical Science
ISSN 1612-3174

Volume: 7;
Start page: Doc12;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) | alcoholic liver disease | liver cirrhosis | hepatic encephalopathy | acute liver failure

ABSTRACT
Parenteral nutrition (PN) is indicated in alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH) and in cirrhotic patients with moderate or severe malnutrition. PN should be started immediately when sufficientl oral or enteral feeding is not possible. ASH and cirrhosis patients who can be sufficiently fed either orally or enterally, but who have to abstain from food over a period of more than 12 hours (including nocturnal fasting) should receive basal glucose infusion (2–3 g/kg/d). Total PN is required if such fasting periods last longer than 72 h. PN in patients with higher-grade hepatic encephalopathy (HE); particularly in HE IV° with malfunction of swallowing and cough reflexes, and unprotected airways. Cirrhotic patients or patients after liver transplantation should receive early postoperative PN after surgery if they cannot be sufficiently rally or enterally nourished. No recommendation can be made on donor or organ conditioning by parenteral administration of glutamine and arginine, aiming at minimising ischemia/reperfusion damage. In acute liver failure artificial nutrition should be considered irrespective of the nutritional state and should be commenced when oral nutrition cannot be restarted within 5 to 7 days. Whenever feasible, enteral nutrition should be administered via a nasoduodenal feeding tube.
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