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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2013, Article ID 482108, 11 pages
Review Article

Enteral Nutrition in Crohn’s Disease: An Underused Therapy

1Enteric Virus Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, 462 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
2Department of Gastroenterology & Clinical Nutrition, Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, Melbourne, VIC 3052, Australia
3Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Australia
4Department of Microbiology, Latrobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Received 23 July 2013; Revised 8 November 2013; Accepted 8 November 2013

Academic Editor: Bjørn Moum

Copyright © 2013 S. Kansal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper reviews the literature on the history, efficacy, and putative mechanism of action of enteral nutrition for inflammatory bowel disease in both paediatric and adult patients. It also analyses the reasoning behind the low popularity of exclusive enteral nutrition in clinical practice despite the benefits and safety profile.