Case studies


Extended roles in the NHS have shown to boost job satisfaction, improve the dietetic profile, enhance multidisciplinary team learning and most importantly, provide better patient care. This article takes a look at a recent case study that highlights the positive outcomes of extended roles in dietetics.


A 34-year-old female with an ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency planned to conceive. This article is an account of dietetic management before and during pregnancy and delivery.

SPORTS NUTRITION:CASE STUDY by Claire Chaudhry Community NHS Dietitian

Protein requirements for athletes can usually be obtained through diet alone.Despite this, the protein supplements market has risen by 27% since 2014 and consumers in the UK spent £66 million on sports nutrition food and drink products in 2015.


Propionic acidaemia (PA) is an autosomal recessively inherited metabolic disease. It is a rare disorder of 1:50,000 to 1 in 100,000 births.

IMD and pregnancy by Una Hendroff

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a disorder of protein metabolism arising from a deficiency in the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH). It is a genetically inherited condition requiring adherence to a phenylalanine (Phe) restricted diet for life.

Enteral feeding and nutritional support in a patient with Duchenne's Muscular Dystropy by Kate Roberts RD

This is a case study of a 17-year-old boy with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. His case was complicated due to ensuring his wishes, family dynamics and problems with establishing his weight.

Bariatric case study by Maria Dow

Bariatric surgery is more effective for achieving significant weight loss than non-surgical weight management in patients with BMI >30kg/m2. Weight loss is also more likely to be maintained in the long term.1 The following is a case study of a 47-year-old man who has been through both non-surgical and surgical weight management interventions.

Follow-on formula: when complementary feeding requires supplementing By Jacqui Lowdon

The benefits of exclusive breastfeeding are well documented,1,2 with the percentage of newborns initially breastfed rising.3 However, few UK mothers still exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of their infants life.3 Here, Jacqui Lowdon updates us on current guidelines and provides us with a case study on infant feeding difficulties.

Dysphagia and Motor Neurone Disease: by Victoria Williams

There is currently no cure for MND, so care is focused on symptom management and palliation in order to maintain quality of life. A multidisciplinary approach is essential, as care of patients with MND is complex and relies on expertise from different disciplines to undertake assessment and co-ordinate appropriate care and treatment.

Sports Nutrition by Helen Phadnis

The effects on body composition of a K2 summit attempt by an experienced climber.

PKU: A parent's perspective by Louise Conlisk

Having an infant diagnosed with Phenylketonuria (PKU) can be a scary and challenging experience. Louise Conlisk's daughter Caitlin was diagnosed with the condition and here she tells us how she and her husband have been helped and supported to live with PKU.

Part two: The impact of IBD on the nutritional status and life of an 18 year old. by Emma Coates

In this two part case study Emma Coates examines the impact of Ulcerative Colitis on an 18 year old. 

Part two covers: Post-surgical experiences, diet with an ileostomy and the ileoanal pouch

Part one: The impact of IBD on the nutritional status and life of an 18 year old. by Emma Coates

In this two part case study Emma Coates examines the impact of Ulcerative Colitis on an 18 year old. 

Part one covers: Symptoms, diagnosis and early management.

Parenteral nutrition and it's role in the surgical cardiothoracic patient. by Marcela Fiuza Brito and Ione de Brito-Ashurst.

In this report we examine the use of PN in a critically ill patient who presented with GI complication following cardiothoracic surgery.

Sports Nutrition by Claire Chaudhry

In this case study, Claire Chaudhry examines how poor nutritional intake affects an athletes ability to train, recover from training, compete and continue to compete.

Metabolic Syndrome: by Lori Warford-Woolgar

In the first of our case studies written with students of nutrition and dietetics in mind, Lori Warford-Woolgar provides us with an example case of a 64-year-old male with metabolic syndrome.