It has not been clear from clinical studies whether the low values for serum albumin associated with cirrhosis of the liver are due to altered protein synthesis or to protein starvation, caused either by low protein intake or by faulty assimilation. Peters and Eisenman1 ascribed such hypoalbuminemia to insufficient protein intake. Myers and Keefer,2 however, observed 2 patients with cirrhosis of the liver and ascites and suggested that the hypoproteinemia was due to altered blood protein synthesis associated with the diminished hepatic function. The low serum albumin levels of their patients were unchanged during long periods of high protein feeding, although normal fecal nitrogen values during these periods indicated that the protein was assimilated. Grabfield and Prescott3 reported a positive nitrogen balance for 1 patient who had cirrhosis of the liver without ascites, but with normal blood proteins.
According to Ling4 and Liu, Chu, Wang and
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