Clinical and Immunologic Effects of Lipid-Based Parenteral Nutrition in AIDS

Pierre Singer, Arye Rubinstein, Jeffrey Askanazi, Terry Calvelli, Tadd Lazarus, Olli Kirvelä, David P. Katz

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The effect of lipid-based parenteral nutrition was assessed in eight patients with AIDS and weight loss of 10% or greater. All patients received home parenteral nutrition consisting of a lipid-based system with 50% of nonprotein calories given as fat. Measurements were made of body weight, serum albumin, and immune function as assessed by mitogen responses, P24 antigen levels and T-cell counts. Over a period of 2 months, weight gain and improved well-being were noted in all patients. An improved in vitro lymphocyte mitogenic response to phytohemagglutinin and to concanavalin A was also noted. No change in T-cell subsets was observed. Viral cultures and P24 serum levels also remained unchanged. Lipid-based parenteral nutrition is safe and probably efficacious in AIDS. (Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 16:165-167, 1992).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-167
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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