Total parenteral nutrition
Intravenous feeding that provides a patient with all of the fluid and the essential nutrients they need when they are unable to feed themselves by mouth. Often referred to by its acronym, TPN.

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(TPN) the intravenous administration of the total nutrient requirements of the patient with gastrointestinal dysfunction, accomplished via a central venous catheter, usually inserted in the superior vena cava via a subclavian vein. Called also parenteral hyperalimentation and total parenteral alimentation.

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