CASE STUDYAn Evidence-Based Approach to the Nutritional Management of Head InjuryBrody, Rebecca A. MS, RD, LD, CNSD; Touger-Decker, Riva PhD, RD, FADAAuthor Information Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark (Ms Brody and Dr Touger-Decker); and Division of Nutrition, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, New Jersey Dental School, Newark (Dr Touger-Decker). Corresponding Author: Rebecca A. Brody, MS, RD, LD, CNSD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ (email@example.com). Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January-March 2008 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 3-12 doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000312075.00211.2f Buy Metrics Abstract Nutrition assessment and management of a patient with head injury are complicated because of the unique metabolic consequences that develop postinjury. Hypermetabolism and hypercatabolism coupled with immune function alterations and gastrointestinal motility disturbances can impede adequate and timely administration of nutrition support. In this population, few evidence-based guidelines exist to direct nutritional care and evaluation of nutrition outcomes. A case study of a patient with head injury is reviewed with emphasis on available evidence-based nutrition support recommendations. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.