Amino Acid and Keto Acid Supplements

  • M. Strauch
  • N. Gretz
Part of the Topics in Renal Medicine book series (TIRM, volume 7)


Today essential amino acid (EAA) and keto analogues of amino acid (KA) supplements are widely used in the management of chronic renal failure (CRF) (see Chapter 20). There are two obvious reasons for the use of such supplements: Patients suffering from CRF have considerable amino acid (AAs) derangements (see Chapter 7), and low-protein diets (LPDs) containing 0.3 to 0.4 g of protein/kg body weight do not necessarily provide EAAs in adequate amounts. Thus supplements containing AAs or their keto/hydroxy analogues have to be given in order to prevent protein (PR) malnutrition (table 21–1).


Chronic Renal Failure Essential Amino Acid Keto Acid Glomerular Hyperfiltration Plasma Free Amino Acid 
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