Acute intestinal failure in critically ill patients: is plasma citrulline the right marker?

  title={Acute intestinal failure in critically ill patients: is plasma citrulline the right marker?},
  author={Ga{\"e}l Piton and Cyril Manzon and Benoit Cypriani and Franck Carbonnel and G. Capellier},
  journal={Intensive Care Medicine},
Small bowel functions are more complex than colon functions, and short bowel conditions are associated with increased mortality. Gastrointestinal dysfunction in critically ill patients is common, probably underestimated, and associated with a poor prognosis. However, a validated definition of acute intestinal failure is lacking, in absence of a marker to measure it. Consequently, small bowel dysfunction is not clearly integrated into the overall approach used to treat ICU patients. Review of… CONTINUE READING
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