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Refeeding syndrome in pediatric age, an unknown disease: A narrative review.


Refeeding syndrome (RS) is characterized by electrolyte imbalances that can occur in malnourished and abruptly refed patients. Typical features of RS are hypophosphatemia, hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia, and thiamine deficiency. It is a potentially life-threatening condition that can affect both adults and children, although there is scarce evidence in the pediatric literature. The sudden increase in food intake causes a shift in the body’s metabolism and electrolyte balance, leading to symptoms such as weakness, seizures, and even heart failure. A proper management with progressive increase in nutrients is essential to prevent the onset of this condition and ensure the best possible outcomes. Moreover, an estimated incidence of up to 7.4% has been observed in pediatric intensive care unit patients receiving nutritional support, alone or as an adjunct. To prevent RS, it is important to carefully monitor feeding resumption, particularly in severely malnourished individuals. A proper strategy should start with small amounts of low-calorie fluids and gradually increasing the calorie content and amount of food over several days. Close monitoring of electrolyte levels is critical and prophylactic use of dietary supplements such as thiamine may be required to correct any imbalances that may occur. In this narrative review, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of RS in pediatric clinical practice and provide a possible management algorithm.
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hal-04439308 , version 1 (05-02-2024)




Antonio Corsello, Chiara Maria Trovato, Valeria Dipasquale, Giulia Bolasco, Flavio Labriola, et al.. Refeeding syndrome in pediatric age, an unknown disease: A narrative review.. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 2023, J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr, 77 (6), pp.e75-e83. ⟨10.1097/MPG.0000000000003945⟩. ⟨hal-04439308⟩


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