L-Glutamine for Acute Pancreatitis.
Comment: While glutamine is considered a nonessential amino acid, additional amounts are needed under conditions of extreme stress, in order to support gastrointestinal and immune function. The results of the present study indicate that the addition of L-glutamine to parenteral nutrition decreased the number of infections and possibly decreased mortality, when compared with standard parenteral nutrition, in patients with severe acute pancreatitis. L-glutamine has been reported to produce similar benefits in other critically ill patients. For parenteral nutrition, L-glutamine is frequently given in the form of L-alanyl-L-glutamine, because of its greater stability.
Fuentes-Orozco C et al. L-Alanyl-L-glutamine-supplemented parenteral nutrition decreases infectious morbidity rate in patients with severe acute pancreatitis. |PEN| Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2008;32:403-411.
by Alan R. Gaby, MD
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