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Am J Clin Nutr. 1988 Feb;47(2 Suppl):352-6. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/47.2.352.

The link between nutritional status and clinical outcome: can nutritional intervention modify it?

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Surgical Service, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, PA.

Abstract

Most clinicians subjectively feel that malnutrition in surgical patients is associated with poor clinical outcome. This overview provides a chronologic review of studies relating poor nutritional status to increased surgical morbidity. Techniques for identifying surgical patients with clinically important nutritional deficits are discussed. Retrospective and/or non-randomized clinical studies evaluating the efficacy of perioperative forced feeding are reviewed. These data suggest a possible role for preoperative nutritional support of selected malnourished surgical candidates and provide the rationale for a large-scale nutrition-intervention clinical trial.

PMID:
3124596
DOI:
10.1093/ajcn/47.2.352
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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