Refeeding syndrome (RS) can occur when malnourished patients are reintroduced to carbohydrates. The symptoms are caused by a combination of electrolyte shifts and fluid retention. Symptoms are wide-ranging; some patients may suffer from harmless muscle cramps, others from more severe neurological and cardiological symptoms that can even lead to death. Although alcohol dependence is a risk factor for the development of RS, little attention is being given to this problem in addiction treatment. In this article we report a case of RS that occurred during alcohol detoxification. We also present the results of a pilot study on the incidence of RS during the alcohol detoxification of 12 patients.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Sep 2017|