ISSN 1300-4948 | E-ISSN 2148-5607
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Importance of malnutrition in patients with cirrhosis
1 Department of Gastroenterology, Başkent University Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey  
2 Department of Gastroenterology, Başkent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
Turk J Gastroenterol 2015; 26: 291-296
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2015.0224
Key Words: Liver cirrhosis, malnutrition, child score, MELD score
Abstract

Malnutrition is common in patients with chronic liver disease and is associated with poor outcomes. Inadequate intake, poor quality diet, maldigestion, malabsorption, altered macronutrient metabolism, and hypermetabolism all contribute to the development of malnutrition in this patient population. Although it is generally easy to detect, clinicians often overlook malnutrition and its measurement is complicated by the lack of a simple, standardized diagnostic method. Early detection of malnutrition and multidisciplinary treatment approaches greatly increase the probability for successful outcomes.

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