Nutritional Considerations in Patients with Hepatic Failure

  • A. Sastre Gallego
  • E. Morejón Bootello
  • P. Carda Abella
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 341)


The evolution of the patients affected by chronic hepatopathy is a problem which results in a high percentage of surgical interventions. Portal hypertension leads to one of the most serious dangers for the lives of these patients: upper digestive hemorrhage with its hemodynamic and metabolic sequels. The situation is dramatized by an ever — increasing circumstance: the ethylic origen of the hepatic lesion strikes in increasingly younger ages, or in the best of cases, in the middle stages of life. It must be pointed out that the consumption of pure ethanol “per capita” annually in Spain is 13 liters. The consumption of beer has risen to 50 liters; wine consumption remains at 60 liters and spirits of 40° at 7.5 liters per capita and year [1].


Portal Hypertension Hepatic Encephalopathy Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Cirrhotic Patient Neutral Aminoacids 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Sastre Gallego
    • 1
  • E. Morejón Bootello
    • 1
  • P. Carda Abella
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. de Cirugia General y Digestiva, Hospital “Ramón y Cajal”Unidad de Nutrición Clínica y DietéticaMadridSpain

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