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Short-Term Branched Chain Amino Acid Parenteral Nutrition in Liver Cirrhosis: A Dose-Related Effect on Plasma Amino Acids and Nitrogen Balance

  • E. Rocchi
  • P. Gibertini
  • M. Cassanelli
  • A. Pietrangelo
  • G. Casalgrandi
  • E. Ventura

Abstract

Selective amino acid solutions and particularly branched chain amino acids (BCAA) or their keto-analogues have been successfully employed in treatment of hepatic encephalopathy,1,2 despite their pathophysiological role is still debated.3 Previous studies have documented their beneficial effects in ameliorating the neutral amino acid (NAA) pattern;1,4 but few data concerning the nitrogen balance are available in chronic and severe liver disease, where both hepatic and muscular utilisation of amino acids result impaired.5

Keywords

Liver Cirrhosis Hepatic Encephalopathy Aromatic Amino Acid Branch Chain Amino Acid Nitrogen Balance 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Rocchi
    • 1
  • P. Gibertini
    • 1
  • M. Cassanelli
    • 1
  • A. Pietrangelo
    • 1
  • G. Casalgrandi
    • 1
  • E. Ventura
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinica Medica IIIUniversity of ModenaModenaItaly

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