Plasma citrulline: A marker of enterocyte mass in villous atrophy-associated small bowel disease.

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Plasma citrulline, a nonprotein amino acid produced by enterocytes, was suggested as a marker of remnant enterocyte mass in patients with short bowel. Our objective was to evaluate citrulline as a marker of severity and extent of villous atrophy in patients without intestinal resection. METHODS Forty-two patients with celiac disease and… (More)

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