How is nutritional status assessed in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Nutritional status can be assessed by serum albumin, prealbumin, and transferrin levels. However, note that transferrin is an acute-phase reactant that can be falsely elevated in persons with active IBD. Hypoalbuminemia may reflect malnutrition because of poor oral intake or because of protein-losing enteropathy that can coexist with active IBD.


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