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Book Review: Clinical Management of Intestinal Failure, Edited by Christopher P. Duggan, et al

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Intestinal Failure (IF) can result from a variety of reasons: obstruction, surgical resection, or disease-associated absorption. Failure is also considered when the intestine is unable to maintain proteins and fluids or electrolyte balances when on a normal diet. Clinical Management of Intestinal Failure details each condition through assessment and pathophysiology, giving the reader facts and particulars of each.

As well, the editors give clear and researched directions for medical, surgical, and nutritional management as well as prevention, treatment, and therapeutic methods. There are ample choices for the practitioner to choose from as indicated for the specific patient. It is evident that this recently accepted clinical syndrome is a concern in our society, but statistics show that 90 percent of the patients are successfully treatable.

Clinical Management of Intestinal Failure is designed for the practitioner dealing with IF; however, dietitians and social workers, as well as patients themselves, would benefit from reading it. Diagrams, charts, references, and suggested reading enhance the understanding of the IF syndrome. Research is lacking on IF, yet books like this give all those involved an insight into the current modalities of patient management. This is a resource book that is necessary for all that deal with any aspect of the intestine.

(Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views)

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  • A diet high in fiber is highly desired for optimal intestinal health. There are other issues like autoimmunity, inheritable traits, chronic diseases like Crohns and perhaps cancer.

    Transplants of intestines are possible including transplants of pig intestines.

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