Refeeding syndrome--awareness, prevention and management

Hisham Mehanna, Jamil Moledina, Jane Travis, Paul Nankivell

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Refeeding syndrome is an important, yet commonly overlooked condition affecting patients. It occurs when feeding is commenced after a period of starvation. Head and neck cancer patients are at particular risk owing to prolonged periods of poor nutritional intake. This may be from general effects such as cancer anorexia or from more specific problems of dysphagia associated with this group of patients. Awareness of the condition is crucial in identifying patients at risk and taking measures to prevent its occurrence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4
JournalHead & neck oncology
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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