The use of intradialytic parenteral nutrition to treat malnutrition: a case study.CANNT J 2003 Apr-Jun; 13(2):31-46; quiz 37-9,46-8CJ
Protein energy malnutrition in dialysis patients has been well-described in the literature. Most malnourished patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) suffer from a mixed marasmus-kwashiorkor type of malnutrition with loss of both somatic and visceral protein mass. Malnutrition is associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Up to 50% of patients on dialysis have protein energy malnutrition (Mortelmans & Vanholder, 1999). Malnutrition may be under-recognized and under-reported in dialysis patients. Malnutrition may result from inadequate food intake secondary to the uremic condition, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, altered taste and other physiologic conditions that impede food intake or metabolism. The usual indices of nutritional assessment--body weight, body mass index (BMI), anthropometrics, etc., may be inaccurate in patients with ESRD, as the results are often skewed by fluid retention. Therefore, we often rely on weight loss, bloodwork, a pre-dialysis low serum potassium, phosphorus and urea, as early signs of a decreased food intake. When patients are malnourished, measures such as oral supplements and/or tube feedings may be used to augment protein and calorie intake. However, when these interventions are inadequate to reverse the malnutrition condition, intradialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN) should be implemented. Although there is no definite supportive data to show that the use of IDPN improves morbidity and mortality of dialysis patients, there are data to support that IDPN has positive effects on numerous nutritional parameters (Acchiardo, 2000; Capelli et al., 1994; Foulks, 1999; Hiroshige et al., 1998; Ikizler et al., 1995; Korzets et al., 1999; Mortelmans & Vanholder, 1999; Saunders et al., 1999; Smolle et al., 1995). In this article, we will discuss the causes of malnutrition in dialysis patients, the use of IDPN on one of our patients, and the potential complications associated with IDPN.