nutrient enemata

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Rectal feeding can be carried out with nutrient solutions as the colon can absorb 1–2 litres of solution per day; maximum daily amount of glucose that can be given is 75 g (equivalent to 300 kcal, 1 260 kJ), and 1 g of nitrogen, in the form of hydrolysed protein (equivalent to 6 g of protein). See also nutrition, enteral; nutrition, parenteral.

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