Serum albumin (oncotic pressure) correlates with enteral feeding tolerance in the pediatric surgical patient.

Abstract

The influence of serum oncotic pressure (Serum Albumin [SA]) on gastrointestinal (GI) tolerance of enteral feedings was prospectively studied in two phases. Phase I consisted of 46 patients, aged 3 months to 12 years, (mean 47 months) selected for enteral tube feeding via the stomach or small bowel. Twenty-eight patients had an SA greater than 3.0 g/dL and… (More)

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