A Case Report on ‘NO GUT SYNDROME’

A Case Report on ‘NO GUT SYNDROME’ Near total enterectomy (NTE) is a clinical condition in which a patient is left without or with minimal length of small bowel along with either gastrointestinal continuity or exteriorization of the proximal end. No Gut Syndrome refers to a condition which results after a near total enterectomy (NTE) has been performed. These patients are unable to sustain life without life-long parenteral nutrition (PN). Re-establishment of bowel continuity, complications, quality of life (QoL), and overall outcomes are important aspects to be considered in patients who might need a NTE. Case Details: A 62-year old man with multiple co-morbidities presented with features of acute small bowel obstruction. Exploratory laparotomy revealed severe mesenteric ischemia and extensive small bowel necrosis. Patient eventually underwent a NTE and was discharged on parenteral nutrition. Discussion: Near total enterectomy (NTE) is a clinical condition in which a patient is left without or with minimal length of small bowel along with either gastrointestinal continuity or exteriorization of the proximal end. This condition has remained a dilemma for surgeons worldwide chiefly as a result of its perceived incompatibility with life. There are only a few available options for proceeding with treatment, however maintenance on long term parenteral nutrition has shown promising results. Long term parenteral nutrition serves as a viable treatment option for managing patients after a NTE.

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