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Effect of short-term partial enteral nutrition on the treatment of younger patients with severe Crohn's disease

 Yunkoo Kang  ;  Seung Kim  ;  Sang Yong Kim  ;  Hong Koh 
 Gut and Liver, Vol.9(1) : 87-93, 2015 
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 Gut and Liver 
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BACKGROUND/AIMS: To analyze the effect of short-term supportive temporary partial enteral nutrition therapy for treating severe pediatric Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: We conducted a prospective, open-label study in pediatric patients with CD (n=78) from January 2007 to December 2011. The CD patients were divided into three groups according to disease severity (mild, moderate, and severe). Seventeen patients with severe CD received short-term partial enteral nutrition (SPEN) in addition to their general diet for 4 weeks after the induction of remission with medical treatment. This SPEN group was further divided into two groups by age (<13 years, ≥13 years). Nutritional parameters and Pediatric Crohn's Disease Activity Index scores were analyzed at the initial enrollment and following 1 year of treatment for all groups. RESULTS: Nutritional status improved substantially after 1 year of treatment in the severe CD group. Nutritional status in the SPEN group improved considerably more than that in the non-SPEN group. Additionally, the <13-year-old group demonstrated better nutritional status improvement than the ≥13-year-old group. CONCLUSIONS: SPEN may be effective in pediatric patients with severe CD for improving nutritional status and moderating disease severity.
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Kang, Yunkoo(강윤구) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1712-2138
Koh, Hong(고홍) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3660-7483
Kim, Seung(김승) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4373-9828
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