[Clinical syndromes after subtotal resection of the small intestine (author's transl)].Leber Magen Darm. 1982 Apr; 12(2):60-3.LM
After subtotal resection of the small gut intestinal function for a certain period of time is not sufficient to guarantee survival of the patient. Prognosis depends upon the length of the residual small gut but also upon its location and upon the ability of the intestine to adapt to the new situation. The use of elemental diets is most important in therapy. Resorption may be improved by applying surgical procedures, which will increase the time of passage of the chyle. If the remaining small intestine is less than 60 cm long in grown ups, or less than 40 cm long in children additional parenteral nutrition is usually necessary. Such nutrition can be given on a home care basis and will enable the patient to survive and lead a normal family and professional life.