Table 5

Sodium absorption and excretion

Intestinal insufficiency: non-HPN (n=44)Intestinal failure:
HPN (n=45)
Enteral intake (mmol/day)135  (104–180)134  (67–159)
Parenteral nutrition (mmol/day)177 (100–296)
Total supplies (mmol/day)135 (104–180)302 (213–434)***
Faecal excretion (mmol/day)105 (19–159)129 (69–218)5-150
Intestinal absorption (mmol/day)32 (−18 to 112)−14 (−77 to 39)**
Intestinal absorption (%)30 (−13 to 89)−16 (−67 to 46)**
Urine (mmol/day)41 (10–136)151 (59–241)***
Overall balance (mmol/day)−31 (−58 to −7)29 (−30 to 92)***
  • Results are expressed as median (25–75% percentiles).

  • 5-150 p<0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001, Mann-Whitney rank sum test.