[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
September 1972

Central Venous Nutrition in Severe Tetanus

Arch Surg. 1972;105(3):420-423. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180090025006

Five heroin addicts with severe tetanus and its consequent catabolic state were managed with antitetanus therapy and central venous hyperalimentation. Adequate nutrition and maintenance of weight were achieved until enteral nutrition was resumed. This is the first documented use of total parenteral nutrition to meet the accelerated metabolic demands of severely ill patients with tetanus.