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Nutrition Support Methods in Elderly Patients
노인에서의 영양 지원 방법
Published online April 30, 2014
© 2014 The Korean Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Soon Sup Chung

Department of Surgery, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
이화여자대학교 의학전문대학원 외과학교실
Received April 9, 2014; Revised April 14, 2014; Accepted April 15, 2014.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Nutrition support methods in the elderly is not easy, but similar as young adult. Elderly patients are at increased risk of partial or complete loss of independence due to acute and/or chronic disease and often of concomitant protein caloric malnutrition. The type of artificial nutrition to use will depend on the current illness and the previous health record. Because enteral feeding is less expensive and aggressive, enteral feeding should be used whenever possible, leaving parenteral nutrition for specific situations where enteral feeding should not be used.
Keywords : Nutrition support, Elderly, Parenteral nutrition, Enteral nutrition
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