Transthyretin: Its response to malnutrition and stress injury. Clinical Usefulness and economic implications

  • Bernstein L
  • Ingenbleek Y
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Abstract

Serum transthyretin is an ideal marker for monitoring patients who are malnourished or have metabolic consequences of acute stress injury because it has a short half-life, it measures the level of metabolic deficit, the response to nutritional metabolic support, and because it is a prognostic indicator. Mounting clinical evidence indicates that the use of transthyretin to assess and monitor a patient's nutritional status results in improved treatment outcomes and lower overall healthcare costs.

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  • Economic implications
  • Malnutrition
  • Stress injury
  • Transthyretin

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Authors

  • Larry H. Bernstein

  • Yves Ingenbleek

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