Nutritional support for the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Pezza1994NutritionalSF,
  title={Nutritional support for the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Marco Ramella Pezza and C Iermano and Rosalba Tufano},
  journal={Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace},
  year={1994},
  volume={49 3 Suppl 1},
  pages={33-9}
}
Malnutrition is reported in a significant percentage of COPD patients, and it may contribute to the onset of acute respiratory failure. Weight loss is due to the decrease of caloric support caused by breathlessness, digestive alterations due to hypoxemia and to the increase of energy expenditures caused by increased baseline requirements and diet induced thermogenesis (DIT). Malnutrition limits the ability to produce surfactant, leads to reduced protein synthesis, reduces cell mediated immune… CONTINUE READING

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