Gastrointestinal dysfunction

  • Webster B
  • Newman C
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Gastrointestinal dysfunction is common in critically ill patients and it is important to prevent or manage its manifestations. In this article we discuss the aetiology, management and prevention of: stress ulceration, ileus, bacterial translocation, intra-abdominal hypertension, abdominal compartment syndrome, diarrhoea and constipation in the context of critically ill patients. We also discuss feeding strategies for intensive care patients who cannot be fed normally.

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  • Abdominal compartment syndrome
  • bacterial translocation
  • diarrhoea
  • feeding
  • ileus
  • stress ulceration

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  • Brett Webster

  • Caroline Newman

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