Malnutrition and Lung Host Defenses: Implications for the Pathogenesis and Prevention of Pneumonia

  • M. S. Niederman
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The role of nutritional impairment in promoting respiratory infection has been recognized for many years, but only recently have some of the mechanisms of malnutrition-induced respiratory host defense failure been clarified. Malnutrition has multiple influences on the lung’s ability to resist invading pathogens and these alterations in lung defenses lead to three clinical consequences: an increased incidence of lung infections, a more virulent and prolonged bout of infection than is usually seen, and a more subtle clinical presentation of pneumonia than is typical of well-nourished individuals.10


Alveolar Macrophage Enteral Feeding Prognostic Nutritional Index Nutritional Therapy Total Lymphocyte Count 
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  • M. S. Niederman
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  1. 1.Medical and Respiratory Intensive Care UnitWinthrop-University Hospital SUNYStony BrookUSA

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