Immune control by the autonomic nervous system: Towards clinical implementation of enriched enteral nutrition

J.J. de Haan

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Implementation of enriched nutrition around an operation might reduce complications. This dissertation contains several studies that support this claim. Enriched nutrition in the intestine triggers a nervous reflex that inhibits the inflammatory reaction and protects various organs (among which the intestine). Moreover, enriched nutrition appears effective when the body has already suffered damage, so that this treatment can also be applied to patients after an accident. It is also very important that enriched nutrition not only mitigates the acute and very intense inflammatory reaction, but also leads to a more effective immune system in the period afterwards.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Buurman, Willem, Supervisor
  • Greve, Jan Willem, Supervisor
Award date22 Nov 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789064646034
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • enriched nutrition
  • intestine
  • nervus vagus
  • autonomic nervous system
  • inflammation
  • surgery

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