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Prevention and improvement of diarrhea in patients through feeding tube by administration of apple mud

QIAN Ping-ping,ZHANG You-qin,LIU Chang-yun,ZHANG Hai-yan(Department of Nutrition,NO.411 Hospital of PLA,Shanghai 200081,China)  
Objective To investigate the effect of apple mud in preventing diarrhea and improving the symptoms of diarrhea in patients through feeding tube.Methods Fifty-two patients through feeding tube were divided into an observation group(n=26)and a control group(n=26)at random.The patients in the observation group were given routine enteral nutrition plus apple mud given via feeding tube and routine enteral nutrition plus water gruel were given to the control group via feeding tube.Results Four cases developed diarrhea(15.3%)in the observation group,while 8 cases developed diarrhea(42.3%)in the control group.There was a significant difference in the diarrhea incidence between the two groups(P0.05).Moreover,the duration of times of diarrhea were significantly less as compared with those of the control group(P0.01,P0.05).Conclusion Apple mud can prevent and reduce diarrhea in patients by feeding tube.
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