Early enteral nutrition in surgical patients

Nutrition. 1998 Jun;14(6):541-4. doi: 10.1016/s0899-9007(98)00047-1.


There is increasing evidence that delivery of nutrients via the gastrointestinal tract reduces the septic morbidity in severely injured patients. This article reviews the most current data and also reviews the importance of the gut-associated lymphoid tissue as an important factor in maintaining the host defenses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Critical Illness
  • Digestive System / immunology
  • Enteral Nutrition*
  • Humans
  • Lymphoid Tissue / immunology
  • Sepsis / prevention & control
  • Wounds and Injuries / immunology
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*