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Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) in Illinois

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In order to function correctly, your body needs nutrients and total parenteral nutrition (TPN) is one method of providing your body with these essential nutrients while dealing with certain GI issues. TPN supplies a liquid rich in nutrients directly into your veins bypassing the digestive system completely. A large vein in your chest is used to administer the total parenteral nutrition through a central line catheter. Depending on your condition, your provider at GI Alliance of Illinois will determine the type and size of catheter that is right for you. A chest x-ray will be administered to verify the correct placement of the catheter and you will receive instructions about daily care. It is important to change the catheter dressing as well as the outside tubing that leads from the TPN solution to the catheter site daily to prevent possible infections. For more information regarding the availability of total parenteral nutrition in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, please contact the GI Alliance of Illinois location closest to you.

TPN helps deliver essential nutrition to patients who are dealing with a variety of conditions. Some common reasons TPN may be chosen include:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Microvillus inclusion disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Obstructed intestines
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Abnormal gastrointestinal connection

TPN can also be used to help patients who are suffering from a wide variety of other situations that make it difficult for them to eat or receive the proper nutrition they require including severe diarrhea, poor nutrition, or patients who are in recovery from treatment such as cancer. There are many ways that TPN can be used to assist patients suffering from GI conditions in Illinois to get the nutrition they need to live a healthier life, and the providers at GI Alliance of Illinois are equipped to answer any questions you may have regarding total parenteral nutrition and its benefits.


The type of TPN solution that each patient receives is tailored to the nutritional needs of their body. The solution chosen by your provider will take into account your age, weight, height, and medical condition. TPN generally will contain water and insulin and a combination of vitamins and minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are the essential nutrients our body needs to remain healthy. The vitamins and minerals found in the TPN solution include:

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Chloride
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Chromium
  • Phosphate

The TPN administration schedule varies for each patient and will be determined by your GI Alliance of Illinois provider. Generally, most adults will receive two liters daily administered over a 10 – 12 hour period, or if a night-time administration is chosen, a 12 – 14 hour period. The TPN administration will occur anywhere from 5 – 7 times per week, depending on the patient's nutritional needs. It is important to discuss your personal nutrition needs with your GI Alliance of Illinois provider to determine whether TPN is right for you.

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For those struggling with GI conditions, not getting proper nutrition can oftentimes make matters worse. The experts at GI Alliance of Illinois want to make sure you are staying as healthy as possible. If you are having difficulty maintaining your nutritional needs, total parenteral nutrition could be a possible solution. To find out if TPN is the right fit for you, request a consultation with a GI specialist in Illinois at your nearest GI Alliance of Illinois location today.

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