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Enteral tube feeding linked to diarrhoea

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Patients who are fed via an enteral tube for extended periods are more likely to have prolonged bouts of diarrhoea than those given nutrition in this way for only a short while, according to an Australian study.

Scientists found that both the frequency and length of time that patients were afflicted with diarrhoea increased when they were tube fed.

Other factors, such as the severity of the patients’ illnesses, glucose control and white cell count were also found to be significant in the development of diarrhoea.

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