Also called: Artificial feeding, Artificial hydration and nutrition, Hyperalimentation, Parenteral nutrition, Tube feeding

Nutritional support is for people who cannot get enough nourishment by eating or drinking. You may need it if you Can't swallow Have problems with your appetite or are severely malnourished Can't absorb nutrients through your digestive system You receive nutritional support through a needle or catheter placed in your vein or with a feeding tube, which goes into your stomach. Giving nutritional support can have both benefits and risks. Families considering nutritional support for a loved one who cannot make decisions should discuss the options with the patient's doctor.