Total nutritional manipulation in humans: Report of a cancer patient

F. Bozzetti, L. Cozzaglio, C. Gavazzi, S. Brandi, G. Bonfanti, M. Lattarulo, L. Gennari

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We report here on a patient requiring home total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for a huge intra-abdominal desmoid associated with chronic small bowel pseudo-obstruction who was kept on a special lipid-based calorie regimen for 5 months. The rationale was to attempt to feed the host with a minimal stimulation of tumour growth by using lipid as caloric substrate instead of glucose which is utilized by the tumour. Gluconeogenesis was tentatively inhibited at the level of phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxy-kinase through the oral intake of hydrazine sulphate. The regimen consisted of 28 non-protein lipid Kcal/kg/day plus 1.5 g amino acid per kg/day. Only a small amount of glucose (approx. 40 g/day) was allowed. Tolerance to the regimen was good and body weight maintained. Liver enzymes remained within the normal range and liver sonography was normal throughout the 5 months' therapy and there were no episodes of symptomatic hypoglycaemia. The tumour volume did not substantially change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-209
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Nutrition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Gastroenterology
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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