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PAROLIN, Mônica Beatriz; ZAINA, Francisca Eugênia  and  LOPES, Reginaldo Werneck. Nutritional therapy in liver transplantation. Arq. Gastroenterol. [online]. 2002, vol.39, n.2, pp.114-122. ISSN 1678-4219.

Background - Malnutrition, sometimes severe is common in patients with chronic hepatic diseases who are candidates for liver transplantation. Nutritional therapy can induce partial or total correction of such deficiencies, improving clinical conditions and prognosis of patients who face the great defiance of liver transplantation. Aims - Brief revision of hepatic role in the metabolism of several nutrients. Description of available methods of dietary therapy and its application both under different abnormal hepatic conditions and pre and post-transplant periods. The role of nutritional intervention in metabolic side effects due to immunosuppressive drugs. Conclusion - Nutritional therapy is a valuable adjuvant resource to the clinical treatment of candidates and submitted patients to hepatic transplantation providing better prognosis and improved life quality.

Keywords : Liver transplantation; Liver failure [diet therapy]; Liver diseases [diet therapy]; Diet therapy; Nutritional status.

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