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What is intestinal failure?

The inability to maintain adequate nutrition or fluid status via the intestines - can result from a number of things such as obstruction, dysmotiltiy, surgical resection, congenital defect, or disease associated with loss of absorption and is characterised by the inability to maintain protein-energy, fluid, electrolyte, or micronutrient balance


How can IF be classified in terms of time frame?

Acute short term = days/ weeks/ months e.g. mucositis post chemotherapyChronic long term e.g. short gut syndrome


How many different types of IF are there?



What types of IF are classified as acute short term?

Types 1 and 2


What types of IF are classified as chronic long term?

Type 3


What is type I intestinal failure?

Self-limiting short term postoperative or paralytic ileus (usually on wards, sometimes HDU/ ITU)


What is type 2 intestinal failure?

Prolonged, associated with sepsis and metabolic complications. Often related to abdominal surgery with complications (mainly HDU/ ITU or wards)


What is type 3 intestinal failure?

Long term but stable - home parenteral nutrition often indicated (usually seen in wards to home)


How malnourished will a patient with type I intestinal failure be?

Normal/ moderately malnourished


Treatment of a patient with type I intestinal failure? (7)

Replace fluids, correct electrolytesParenteral nutrition if unable to tolerate food/ fluids for greater than or equal to 7 days post opAcid suppression: PPIOctreotide (reduces GI secretions)Alpha hydroxycholecalciferol to preserve MgIntensive multi-disciplinary inputAllow some diet/ enteral feeding


What does parenteral nutrition rely on?

Venous access e.g. PICC line, tunnelled catheter (central line), vascuport (portacaf) - US guided placement


Parenteral nutrition complications?

Nutrient toxicityLiver diseaseMetabolic disturbancePhyscho-social effectsInappropriate usageSepsisSVC thrombosisLine fractureLine leakageLine migrationMetabolic bone disease


How long do patients with type 2 IF usually have it for?

Weeks/ months


What type of feeding should patients with type 2 IF usually receive?

Parenteral +/- some enteral feeding


What are some examples of causes of type 2 intestinal failure?

Usually a surgical complication but can be due to crohns, coeliac disease, malignancy, ischaemia, radiation, etc.


What is the treatment of choice for patients with chronic IF? (type III)

Home parenteral nutrition


What is another 3 treatment options for patients with type 3 intestinal failure, apart from parenteral nutrition?

Intestinal transplantation (specific indications, long term survival lower than HPN)Bowel lengthening (not validated yet in adults)GLP2 (teduglutide) treatment for SBS


What are examples of conditions that can cause type 3 intestinal failure?

Short gut syndromeCrohns diseaseNeoplasiaVascularMechanicalRadiation enteritisDysmotiity


What length must the bowel be to be classified as short bowel syndrome?

Less than 200cm - insufficient length of small bowel to meet nutritional needs without artificial nutritional support


What length of bowel is indicative that the patient requires HPN for their short bowel syndrome?

Less than 50cm of small bowelAlthough patients usually need it before due to a poor quality of life e.g. 100cm of small bowel


Do patients who go on HPN usually get weaned off it eventually/

Very rarely - there are usually dependent for life


What is the advantages of intestinal transplantion compared to HPN?

Transplantation = survival 5 years = 50-60% and the patient requires a stoma, risk of immunosuppression but eatingHPN = 5 year survival 80% but not eating


What are the main indications of small bowel transplant compared to HPN?

Loss of venous accessLiver disease (usually combined with a liver transplant)Last resort


Do palliative patients tend to get sent home with HPN?

Not usually - look at individual cases


What are the 2 causes of ischaemia of the small bowel?

Mesenteric arterial occlusionNon occlusive perfusion insufficiency


What are the 2 causes of mesenteric arterial occlusion?

Mesenteric artery atherosclerosisThromboembolism from the heart e.g. A fib


What are 4 causes of non occlusive perfusion insufficiency?

ShockStrangulation obstructing venous return e.g. hernia adhesionDrugs e.g. cocaineHyperviscosity


Is bowel ischaemia usually acute or chronic?

Usually acute but can be chronic


What part of the small bowel is most sensitive to the effects of hypoxia?

The mucosa - most metabolically active part


In non-occlusive ischaemia, when does most of the tissue damage occur?

After reperfusion

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