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Study of the clinical effects of postoperative parenteral nutrition in 15 horses
  1. A. E. Durham, BSc, BVSc, CertEP, DEIM, MRCVS1,
  2. T. J. Phillips, BVetMed, CertEP, CertEO, DESTS, DipECVS, MRCVS1,
  3. J. P. Walmsley, MA, VetMB, CertEO, DipECVS, MRCVS1 and
  4. J. R. Newton, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DLSHTM, FRCVS2
  1. 1 The Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7JG
  2. 2 The Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7UU


Several clinical variables were compared in two groups of 15 horses recovering from resection and anastomosis of a strangulated small intestine; 15 were treated with parenteral nutrition and 15 were starved routinely. There was some evidence that parenteral nutrition had a short-lived adverse effect on both the catheter sites and gastric emptying, but there were no marked adverse clinical effects and no evidence of any improvement in the horses' condition.

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