How is appetite suppression managed in Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Because most patients have appetite suppression, overnight nasogastric feeds are often used in children. Nighttime supplemental enteral nutrition without daytime dietary restrictions has been shown to be beneficial in maintaining disease remission. Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown, beneficial effects could be due to an altered intestinal flora, a reduced antigen load, and decreased inflammatory cytokine levels.


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