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CASE COMMUNICATION

IMAJ | volume 25

Journal 9, September 2023
pages: 633-634

Rethinking Syringe Feeding in Advanced Dementia

1 Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel 2 Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion–Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Summary

Only two approaches are currently accepted for patients with advanced dementia who are unable to eat independently or refuse to eat. One is feeding by either nasogastric tube (NGT) or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). The other is to avoid artificially feeding the patient to spare the prolonged suffering associated with these procedures. The second approach is generally reserved for patients with terminal malignant diseases and is less common in patients with advanced dementia, especially when their life expectancy is unknown. PEG and NGT nutrition can lead to complications such as the likelihood of patients pulling out feeding tubes due to cognitive impairment. Various studies have shown that this feeding approach can be distressing to patients and does not extend life expectancy compared to spoon-feeding [1,2].

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