parenteral therapy

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pa·ren·ter·al ther·a·py

therapy introduced usually by a needle through a route than through the alimentary canal.

parenteral therapy

A medicine or solution administered via a route other than ingestion.


not through the alimentary canal, e.g. by subcutaneous, intramuscular, intrasternal or intravenous injection, e.g. parenteral fluid therapy.

parenteral alimentation
see parenteral nutrition (below).
parenteral hyperalimentation
see parenteral nutrition (below).
parenteral nutrition
the provision of adequate carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals and fluids parenterally to maintain the animal over a relatively long period of several weeks. Called also parenteral alimentation, parenteral hyperalimentation. See also parenteral nutrition.
parenteral therapy
treatment by the parenteral route is limited to those substances that are soluble in a solvent that can be injected into tissues including the bloodstream. The choice of routes may depend on the nature of the vehicle used, e.g. oily preparations are injected into tissues, irritant substances are injected intravenously slowly.
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Three of those deaths were due to uncontrolled SA infection (2 of those 3 had received less than 4 weeks of parenteral therapy for their infection), whereas the other 4 deaths were secondary to progression of underlying diseases (all had received more than 4 weeks of parenteral therapy).
The extent of the injury and the depth and location of the wound all should be considered in deciding between oral and parenteral therapy.
The potentially lower clinical cure rate of Rocephin should be balanced against the potential advantages of parenteral therapy.
Parenteral therapy is sometimes necessary for those very few patients who do not improve with oral and topical antimicrobial therapy and aggressive local care.