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Problems with Using Enteral Nutrition in a Patient with Dementia

Specialty:

Nutrition
Gastroenterology
Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Considering the hazards of aspiration pneumonia and the problems of providing adequate nutrition to a patient with dementia, the placement of a gastrostomy or other enteral feeding tube would seem logical. While having a role in some patients with dementia, feeding tubes may be placed more for the convenience of the caregivers than for the benefit of the patient.

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