The visceral proteins, as a compartment reflecting protein-energy malnutrition, have long been used for nutritional assessment. In particular, serum albumin, an easily feasible biomarker in clinical settings, has been widely used as a marker of undernutrition in various clinical situations including end-stage renal disease,1,2 cancer,3 and stroke.
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