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Gastrointestinal Replacement Solution

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5723.622 (Published 12 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:622

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  1. E. A. Badoe

    Abstract

    The mean sodium concentration of 61 gastrointestinal aspirations in peritonitis was 103 mEq/l. (S.D. 16·66), of 16 aspirations in vagotomy 88 mEq/l. (S.D. 19·49), of 12 aspirations in perforated duodenal ulcer 81 mEq/l. (S.D. 19·49), and of 15 aspirations in intestinal obstruction 89 mEq/l. (S.D. 19·49). The mean potassium concentrations were 9, 9·9, 13, and 8·8 mEq/l. respectively, and the mean chloride concentrations 122, 131, 125, and 112 mEq/l. respectively. It is suggested that a gastrointestinal replacement solution should contain 100 mEq of sodium, 12 mEq of potassium, and 122 mEq of chloride per litre; 50 g. of dextrose or 100 g. of fructose may be added to provide energy.