Glutamine nutrition: theoretical considerations and therapeutic impact.

Academic Article


  • In critically ill surgical patients, nutritional therapy is an important component of overall care. As our knowledge increases, "tailor-made" diets designed to meet specific nutritional requirements in specific patients may play an important role. Although the data reviewed here suggest that glutamine-supplemented diets may have a significant impact in some clinical settings, it should be emphasized that additional carefully designed studies are necessary before the use of glutamine-enriched nutrition in critically ill patients should be advocated. It is clear, however, that the concept that the intestine is an organ of inactivity during critical illness merits reconsideration.
  • Keywords

  • Animals, Digestive System, Glutamine, Humans, Immune System, Lung, Muscles
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    Author List

  • Souba WW; Herskowitz K; Austgen TR; Chen MK; Salloum RM
  • Start Page

  • 237S
  • End Page

  • 243S
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 5 Suppl