Nutrition in Alcoholic Liver Disease

Ashwani K. Singal, Michael R. Charlton

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The liver plays an important role in the metabolism, synthesis, storage, and absorption of nutrients. Patients with cirrhosis are prone to nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition, with a higher prevalence among patients with decompensated disease. Mechanisms of nutritional deficiencies in patients with liver disease are not completely understood and probably multifactorial. Malnutrition among patients with cirrhosis or alcoholic liver disease correlates with poor quality of life, increased risk of infections, frequent hospitalizations, complications, mortality, poor graft and patient survival after liver transplantation, and economic burden. Physicians, including gastroenterologists and hepatologists, should be conversant with assessment and management of malnutrition and nutritional supplementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-826
Number of pages22
JournalClinics in liver disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Alcohol
  • Cirrhosis
  • Metabolism
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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