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Title: Timing of enteral feeding in cerebral malaria in Resource-Poor settings: A randomized trial
Authors: Richard J. Maude
Gofranul Hoque
Mahtab Uddin Hasan
Abu Sayeed
Shahena Akter
Rasheda Samad
Badrul Alam
Emran Bin Yunus
Ridwanur Rahman
Waliur Rahman
Romal Chowdhury
Tapan Seal
Prakaykaew Charunwatthana
Christina C. Chang
Nicholas J. White
M. Abul Faiz
Nicholas P.J. Day
Arjen M. Dondorp
Amir Hossain
Mahidol University
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
Chittagong Medical College Hospital
Fatik Chari Thana Health Complex
Shahid Sohrawardy Medical College
Sir Salimullah Medical College
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 16-Nov-2011
Citation: PLoS ONE. Vol.6, No.11 (2011)
Abstract: Background: Early start of enteral feeding is an established treatment strategy in intubated patients in intensive care since it reduces invasive bacterial infections and length of hospital stay. There is equipoise whether early enteral feeding is also beneficial in non-intubated patients with cerebral malaria in resource poor settings. We hypothesized that the risk of aspiration pneumonia might outweigh the potential benefits of earlier recovery and prevention of hypoglycaemia. Method and Findings: A randomized trial of early (day of admission) versus late (after 60 hours in adults or 36 hours in children) start of enteral feeding was undertaken in patients with cerebral malaria in Chittagong, Bangladesh from May 2008 to August 2009. The primary outcome measures were incidence of aspiration pneumonia, hypoglycaemia and coma recovery time. The trial was terminated after inclusion of 56 patients because of a high incidence of aspiration pneumonia in the early feeding group (9/27 (33%)), compared to the late feeding group (0/29 (0%)), p = 0.001). One patient in the late feeding group, and none in the early group, had hypoglycaemia during admission. There was no significant difference in overall mortality (9/27 (33%) vs 6/29 (21%), p = 0.370), but mortality was 5/9 (56%) in patients with aspiration pneumonia. Conclusions: In conclusion, early start of enteral feeding is detrimental in non-intubated patients with cerebral malaria in many resource-poor settings. Evidence gathered in resource rich settings is not necessarily transferable to resource-poor settings. Trial Registration: ISRCTN57488577. © 2011 Maude et al.
ISSN: 19326203
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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