Effect of Ethanol on Intestinal Morphology, Metabolism, and Function

  • E. Mezey


Chronic alcoholism is a frequent cause of diarrhea, malabsorption, malnutrition, and weight loss. Although the principal cause of malnutrition and weight loss is decreased dietary intake, malabsorption of nutrients may also play a significant contributory role. Both the acute and chronic ingestion of ethanol have varied effects on the morphology, metabolism, and function of the intestine. Furthermore, the effects of ethanol on the intestine often vary depending on the nutritional status.


Brush Border Membrane Chronic Ethanol Alcoholic Patient Intestinal Morphology Chronic Ethanol Consumption 
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  • E. Mezey
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine of The John Hopkins HospitalThe John Hopkins University, School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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