Plasma glutamine levels before cardiac surgery are related to post-surgery infections; an observational study

@inproceedings{Buter2016PlasmaGL,
  title={Plasma glutamine levels before cardiac surgery are related to post-surgery infections; an observational study},
  author={Hanneke Buter and Matty Koopmans and Ramses F. J. Kemperman and Lilian Jekel and Christiaan E Boerma},
  booktitle={Journal of cardiothoracic surgery},
  year={2016}
}
BACKGROUND A low plasma glutamine level was found in 34% of patients after elective cardiothoracic surgery. This could be a result of the inflammation caused by surgical stress or the use of extracorporeal circulation (ECC). But it is also possible that plasma glutamine levels were already lowered before surgery and reflect an impaired metabolic state and a higher likelihood to develop complications. In the present study plasma glutamine levels were measured before and after cardiac surgery and… CONTINUE READING

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