What is the role of nutrition support for Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in the ICU?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Enteral or parenteral feedings are required for patients on mechanical ventilation to ensure that adequate caloric needs are met when the metabolic demand is high. Even patients who are off the ventilator may require nutritional support if dysphagia is severe. Precautions against dysphagia and dietary manipulations should be used to prevent aspiration and subsequent pneumonias in patients at risk.


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