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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-23

Immunonutrition support in pediatric burn patients

1 Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, K. K. Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai 600 034, India
2 Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, K. K. Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai, India

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K Mathangi Ramakrishnan
Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, K.K. Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai
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Burn injury is the most devastating type of trauma, and extensive loss of integument and adjacent tissues takes place. lmproving the compromised immune status of the burnt individual, by various methods is called immuno modulation. These 8 burned pediatric subjects were provided immunonutrition support in terms of inclusion of 1 sachet of “Impact” in 24 hours that provides immunity enhancing nutrients arginine, dietary nucleotides and omega 3 fatty acids in addition to the oral intake of food and beverage. They were additionally provided 1 sachet or dosage calculated as 0.57g of Glutammune™ which is pure L-Glutamine powder in granule form. This was continued for 10 days post burn. The immuno globulin (IgG) levels effectively dropped from 800 to 450 (Normal 800-1800). These levels were estimated on day 3, 7, 10 and 15. By the fifteenth day, these improved considerably. The IgG reached 1000 mg/dl. The drop in IgA was not as remarkable. C.R.P. was always above 50 in major infection, reaching to almost 176. But by the end of fifteen days it dropped to a bout 11.

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