Glutamine-supplemented nutrition supports the intestinal mucosa

D. W. Wilmore, S. T. O'Dwyer, D. O. Jacobs, X. Wang, R. J. Smith

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Glutamine is an essential nutrient for the intestinal mucosa and other rapidly dividing cells. Glutamine is not present in standard parenteral nutrient solutions. When glutamine is added to both parenteral and enteral formulas, there is enhanced mucosal cellularity and repair. These changes are related to diminished mortality and morbidity in selected animal models. Glutamine-containing solutions are now being administered safely to patients. Studies are required to determine the effects of such therapy in individuals following extensive radiation or chemotherapy, major burns or infections and those with inflammatory bowel disease. It appears that selected nutritional support utilizing glutamine-containing nutrition can now be provided to maintain and support growth of the gastrointestinal mucosa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNutritional support in organ failure
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the International Symposium. ICS836
EditorsT. Tanaka, A. Okada, T. Tanaka, A. Okada
PublisherElsevier Science Publishers B.V.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0444811613
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes
EventThe International Symposium -
Duration: Nov 21 1988Nov 23 1988

Publication series

NameNutritional support in organ failure: proceedings of the International Symposium. ICS836


OtherThe International Symposium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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