Friday, May 27, 2011

Feeding Tube Risks for Dementia Patients

Nearly 90% of patients with advanced dementia have problems feeding themselves, lose weight or choke on food.

But feeding tubes may not be the right response to the problem. Observational studies have found that feeding tubes do not prolong life, reduce aspiration pneumonia risk or improve quality of life for these patients.

Kevin O'Reilly reports in this article in American Medical News.



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