[Prevalence of undernutrition in 143 patients before liver transplantation. The Lausanne experience between 1997 and 2005]

Rev Med Suisse. 2008 Apr 9;4(152):927-30.
[Article in French]


The prevalence of undernutrition was prospectively studied in 143 patients before liver transplantation between 1997 and 2005. Nutritional assessment is a particularly tricky problem in cirrhosis and mid-arm muscle circumference is considered as the best reliable anthropometric tool. In this prospective study, prevalence rate is very high (61%) and undernutrition is more frequent in alcoholic cirrhotic patients. In conclusion, these patients should benefit from an early dietician intervention before liver transplantation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic / complications
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic / surgery
  • Liver Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Malnutrition / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Preoperative Care
  • Prospective Studies
  • Switzerland / epidemiology