Patients with severe pancreatitis, characterized by multiple organ failure and pancreatic necrosis on CT scan (identified by an Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score of > or = 10 with > or = 3 Ranson criteria), most likely require aggressive nutritional support. Use of the enteral route of feeding may help contain the hypermetabolic stress response, reduce morphologic change and atrophy of the gut, and theoretically decrease late complications of nosocomial infection and organ failure. Evidence that decreasing degrees of stimulation of the pancreas occur as the site of feeding descends in the gastrointestinal tract and evidence from perspective, randomized trials suggest that jejunal feeding appears at least as safe and well tolerated as total parenteral nutrition in acute pancreatitis.
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