Metabolic support of the critically ill: 2008 update

G. Iapichino, D. Radrizzani, A. Destrebecq, M. Vincenzi, M. Zanello

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Nutrition support in critically ill patients is not merely simple nutrition, but rather metabolic support. In the last few years, the pharmacological properties of nutrients have been specifically addressed in a new field called pharmaconutrition. This review will offer a deeper insight into this field, focusing on the properties of arginine, glutamine, antioxidants, and ω-3 fatty acids as well as the level of blood glycemia which should be maintained in critically ill patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-713
Number of pages5
JournalMinerva Anestesiologica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Blood glucose
  • Critical illness
  • Fatty acids, omega 3
  • Glutamine
  • Metabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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