Nutrition support managed by Wellscript's dietician and pharmacists.

What is total parenteral nutrition (TPN)?

Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) is a type of nutrition support that is administered directly into the bloodstream through a central venous catheter (CVC). TPN is used to provide the body with all of the nutrients it needs when a person is unable to get enough nutrition from food alone. TPN is typically used in cases where the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is not functioning properly or is not present, such as in cases of severe malabsorption, severe inflammatory bowel disease, or after surgery to remove part of the GI tract. TPN solutions are carefully balanced to provide the body with the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. TPN is usually given continuously or in intermittent doses.

Patients receiving TPN require close monitoring by their provider in partnership with Wellscript's pharmacists and dietician. Blood tests may be performed regularly to monitor levels of electrolytes, glucose, liver function, and other parameters. TPN may cause side effects.

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Common indications for TPN

At Wellscript, we’ll work closely with your medical provider to manage your treatment effectively. This includes following the TPN regimen as prescribed, reporting any concerns to your doctor, and monitoring for side effects at regular follow-up appointments.

  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Intestinal fistula
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
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