Comparison of serum fibronectin, prealbumin, and albumin concentrations during nutritional repletion in protein-calorie malnourished infants

Mervin C. Yoder, Donald C. Anderson, G. S. Gopalakrishna, Steven D. Douglas, Richard A. Polin

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Abstract

Anthropometric measurements and serum fi-bronectin, prealbumin, and albumin concentrations were determined on admission and during the hospitalization of 20 noninfected infants with protein-calorie malnutrition. Serum fibronectin concentrations were significantly decreased on admission but increased to greater than normal serum values in 2 weeks. During this same interval, serum prealbumin values rose from significantly the decreased to normal levels. Serum albumin concentrations and anthropometric measurements were not significantly elevated above admission levels until the fourth week of nutritional support. Serum fibronectin and prealbumin concentrations may serve as indices of the shortterm efficacy of nutritional support in noninfected infants with protein-calorie malnutrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Albumin
  • Fibronectin
  • Malnourished infants
  • Prealbumin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology

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