Metabolic and Endocrine Considerations After Burn Injury

Felicia N. Williams, David N. Herndon

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Severe burn injury is followed by a profound hypermetabolic response that persists up to 2 years after injury. It is mediated by up to 50-fold elevations in plasma catecholamines, cortisol, and glucagon that lead to whole-body catabolism, elevated resting energy expenditures, and multiorgan dysfunction. Modulation of the response by early excision and grafting of burn wounds, thermoregulation, control of infection, early and continuous enteral nutrition, and pharmacologic treatments aimed at mitigating physiologic derangements have markedly decreased morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-553
Number of pages13
JournalClinics in Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Catecholamines
  • Hypercatabolism
  • Hypermetabolism
  • Insulin resistance
  • Nutrition
  • Oxandrolone
  • Propranolol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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