Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) for total parenteral nutrition

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Total parenteral nutrition is an important measure in optimal treatment of patients under intensive care. Recently, the administration of macronutrients protein, carbohydrates, and fat has been extended to medium-chain triglycerides. Meanwhile, the well-known advantages of these fats in enteral feeding has also been confirmed for parenteral application. Medium-chain triglycerides are quickly removed from the blood, taken up by extrahepatic tissues, carnitine-independent transported into mitochondria, and oxidized more quickly than long-chain fatty acids. Simultaneously formed keton bodies from the liver may be an additional energy source. Medium-chain triglycerides, in combination with long-chain fatty acids for essential fatty acid supply, provide easily available energy and have a protein-sparing effect in patients after operation or injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-37
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1986


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