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Revista de Nutrição

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MARQUES, Priscila Francisco et al. Evaluation of growth and nutritional status in children and adolescents with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction and portal hypertension. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.4, pp.455-461. ISSN 1678-9865.


This study aims to evaluate dietary intake, nutritional status, and growth rate in children and adolescents with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction and portal hypertension.


Outpatients aged 1-18 years, diagnosed with extrahepatic portal vein obstruction and portal hypertension, who had no associated diseases, and who had not been subjected to a venous shunt were included in this study. Two evaluations were carried out in this study: an initial (evaluation 1) and a final evaluation (evaluation 2), with a three-month minimum interval between them. In each evaluation, dietary intake was analyzed comparing the results with recommended energy intake using the Harris & Benedict equation and participants’ anthropometric data, such as weight, height, mid-arm muscle circumference, weight-for-age, height-for-age, and body mass index-for-age, based on the World Health Organization 2006 standards.


A total of 22 patients participated in this study. There was a significant improvement in weight, height, body mass index, and mid-arm muscle circumference measurements (p<0.001; p<0.001; p<0.017; p=0.0018 respectively) and in the relationship between dietary intake and energy recommended energy intake, according to the Harris & Benedict equation (p=0.0001) from the first and second evaluation.


Extrahepatic portal vein obstruction and portal hypertension were not shown to be factors predisposing to malnourishment.

Palavras-chave : Child; Failure to thrive; Portal vein.

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