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Use of enteral nutrition for the control of intestinal inflammation in pediatric Crohn disease.

Division of Gastroenterology, Janeway Children's Health Center, Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.18). 02/2012; 54(2):298-305. DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e318235b397
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ABSTRACT Exclusive enteral nutrition is an effective yet often underused therapy for the induction of remission in pediatric Crohn disease. The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition formed the Enteral Nutrition Working Group to review the use of enteral nutrition therapy in pediatric Crohn disease. The group was composed of 5 pediatric gastroenterologists and 1 pediatric nutritionist, all with an interest and/or expertise in exclusive enteral nutrition. Specific attention was placed upon review of the evidence for efficacy of therapy, assessment of the variations in care, identification of barriers to its widespread use, and compilation of the necessary components for a successful program. The present guideline is intended to aid physicians in developing an enteral nutrition therapy program and potentially promote its use.

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