Oral or nasogastric maintenance therapy in pediatric cholera patients

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      Balance studies carried out on 12 pediatric cholera patients showed that the patientsabsorbed an oral solution of glucose and electrolytes. The oral solution maintained the patients in positive water and electrolyte balance after correction of shock by initial intravenous therapy. Use of the oral solution reduced the otherwise estimated intravenous fluid requirements by 80 per cent. By this plan, the cost of therapy is reduced. The ingredients of the oral solution are widely available in endemic cholera areas.
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