ESAT ERENOGLU, M.D.; JUAN G. EDREIRA, M.D.; ARTHUR J. PATEK JR., M.D.
The close relationship between chronic alcoholism and Laennec's cirrhosis has been known for many years, but the manner in which alcoholism predisposes to cirrhosis of the liver is not understood. On the basis of clinical observations (1-3) it has been suggested that malnutrition may play an important etiological role in "alcoholic" cirrhosis, since the patients generally are malnourished, and since hepatic functions improve when patients are fed a nutritious diet and are deprived of alcohol. There is evidence that the ingestion of alcohol increases nutritional imbalance by providing calories without essential nutrients. Such a mechanism has been postulated as the
ERENOGLU E, EDREIRA JG, PATEK AJ. Observations on Patients with Laennec's Cirrhosis Receiving Alcohol While on Controlled Diets. Ann Intern Med. 1964;60:814–823. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-5-814
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(5):814-823.
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