RICHARD C. BOZIAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JOSEPH L. PIEPMEYER, R.D.
To the editor: We write to comment on Dr. William Connor's editorial on essential fatty acid deficiency in man (Ann Intern Med 83:895-896, 1975). In another paper (1) Dr. Connor and his associates report the appearance of essential fatty acid deficiency immediately upon initiating a fat-free regimen in healthy subjects, orally or parenterally, and consider the syndrome a common and significant clinical problem. In that study there was an early decrease in linoleic and arachidonic acids (ω 6 acids)1 with increased eicosatrienoic, oleic, and palmitoleic acids (ω 9 acids)* in plasma cholesterol esters, phospholipids and triglycerides. Whereas the phospholipid arachidonate
BOZIAN RC, PIEPMEYER JL. Fatty Acid Deficiency. Ann Intern Med. ;85:540–541. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-4-540
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(4):540-541.
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