In this meta-analysis of RCT of parenteral, enteral, or no nutrition in patients with acute pancreatitis, researchers found enteral and parental nutrition was associated with significantly lower mortality than no nutrition (link). They also found lower infection rates with enteral versus parenteral nutrition, indicating that enteral feeds are preferred in acute pancreatitis. An NIH-sponsored study will be comparing NG versus NJ feeds in these patients (NIH website)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.