Home parenteral nutrition
Background and aims: Patients with intestinal failure often need long-term home parenteral support (PS). We aimed to determine how the underlying diagnosis, complications and survival had changed over the last 36 years in the UK’s largest IF centre.
Methods: 978 adult home PS patient records were analysed from January 1979 until October 2016. The age, sex, underlying aetiology, complications and survival was compared over 5-year periods.
Results: Pre-1990 to 2011-2016, numbers increased from 29 to 451, the mean age of patients increased from 31 ± 16.5 to 52 ± 17.6 years. The percentage of patients with IF due to surgical complications increased (3.4%-28.8%, p < 0.001)), while those with inflammatory bowel disease decreased (37.9%-22.6%, p < 0.001). Complication of home PS reduced: catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI) 71.4% to 42,2%, CVC thrombosis 34.5%-5.3%. Intestinal failure associated liver disease (IFLAD) 10.3%-1.8%. Patients with dysmotility, scleroderma and a congenital aetiology had the highest incidence of CRBSI and CVC Thrombosis. Overall survival was greater pre-1995 most likely associated with an increase in mean age. Survival for patients without malignancy was 90%, 66%, 55%, 45%, 33% and 25% at 1,5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years respectively. Multivariate analysis demonstrated a relationship between survival and age of starting home PS; type of home PS; presence or absence of the colon in continuity; and underlying aetiology.
Conclusion: Demand for home PS is increasing in particular for advanced malignancy, post-surgical complications and older more co-morbid patients. Complications of home PS are reducing over the last 30 years and 10-year survival for non-malignant aetiologies improving. Survival and changes in aetiology in intestinal failure.
Oke SM, Nightingale JM, Donnelly SC, Naghibi M, Willsmore J, Lloyd DAJ, Gabe SM. Outcome of adult patients receiving parenteral support at home: 36 years’ experience at a tertiary referral centre. Clin Nutr. 2021 Sep 9;40(11):5639-5647. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2021.08.025. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34662849.