Oral nutritional supplements promote significant weight gain in cystic fibrosis patients
Results: Data from 26 patients (16 male, 10 female; age range 9-34 years) showed a significant mean weight increase of 1.9 kg (range 1.6-4 kg) and a mean increase of 0.5 cm (range 1.1-2.7 cm) in mid-arm muscle circumference. There was also an increase in energy intakes, rising from a mean of 11.15 MJ (2665 kcals) to a mean of 13.42 MJ (3208 kcals) (P < 0.01), and the mean of individual percentages of estimated average requirement (EAR) for energy increased from 120% (73-182%) to 143% (67-221%).
Conclusion: The energy dense formulation of Scandishake makes it a useful adjunct in the treatment of malnutrition and the promotion of normal growth in patients with CF.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Nottingham City Hospital 2: St. James' and Seacroft University Hospitals, Leeds 3: Birmingham Children's Hospital 4: University Hospital, Belfast 5: Head of Dietetics, Nutrition and Dietetic Department, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK.
Publication date: 1998-04-01