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Am Fam Physician. 2002 Apr 15;65(8):1575-8.

Prealbumin: a marker for nutritional evaluation.

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  • 1State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.

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  • Am Fam Physician 2002 Dec 15;66(12):2208.

Abstract

Determining the level of prealbumin, a hepatic protein, is a sensitive and cost-effective method of assessing the severity of illness resulting from malnutrition in patients who are critically ill or have a chronic disease. Prealbumin levels have been shown to correlate with patient outcomes and are an accurate predictor of patient recovery. In high-risk patients, prealbumin levels determined twice weekly during hospitalization can alert the physician to declining nutritional status, improve patient outcome, and shorten hospitalization in an increasingly cost-conscious economy.

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