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The use of enteral nutrition in the management of stroke

The use of enteral nutrition in the management of stroke

Ojo, Omorogieva ORCID: 0000-0003-0071-3652 and Brooke, Joanne (2016) The use of enteral nutrition in the management of stroke. Nutrients, 8 (12):827. ISSN 2072-6643 (Print), 2072-6643 (Online) (doi:

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This article discusses the use of enteral nutrition in the management of stroke. Stroke is a major source of disability, including dysphagia. The clinical manifestation of swallowing difficulties in stroke patients may lead to malnutrition which has implications for health status and clinical outcomes including morbidity, mortality and cost to the health service. The prevalence of malnutrition following an acute stroke could range from 8% to 34%. Therefore, the need to develop and implement the use of enteral nutrition support in stroke patients becomes pertinent. A range of enteral feeding tubes and feeding methods may be used to support stroke patients who are unable to meet their nutritional requirements through oral intake alone, although each of these approaches has its merits and limitations. Based on this review, there is evidence that enteral nutrition support is a useful method of providing nutrition for patients with dysphagia following a stroke in order to enhance their nutritional status and promote their health. However, there are challenges in the use of enteral tube feeding in these patients.

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Additional Information: © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enteral nutrition; Stroke; Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy; Nasogastric tube; Enteral tube feeding
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
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