Intestinal failure and long-term parenteral nutrition in children

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Infants and children with intestinal failure such as that seen in short bowel syndrome will require parenteral feeding, some of them in the long-term. Complications of long term feeding include those associated with central venous catheter use and liver failure associated with parenteral nutrition. Careful monitoring and supportive care from experts in the paediatric nutrition support team are required to ensure that the risks of parenteral nutrition are minimised.

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