What is Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN])?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), is the practice of feeding a person intravenously, bypassing the usual process of eating and digestion. The person receives nutritional formulas containing salts, glucose, amino acids, lipids and added vitamins. The preferred method of delivering TPN is with a medical infusion pump.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Gastrointestinal pseudo obstruction 7 4
Gastroparesis 5 3
Crohn's disease 2 0
Short bowel syndrome 2 0
Bowel problems 1 0
Esophageal achalasia 1 1

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN])

Side effect Patients Percentage
Hair loss 2
Increased urination 1
Tiredness 1

Why patients stopped taking Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN])

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 5
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped using Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN])

Duration

Currently using Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN])

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped using Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN])

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 5
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Intravenous nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN]).