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September 1983

Tissue Metabolism in Patients With Cancer-Reply

Author Affiliations

Gothenburg, Sweden

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983;109(9):635. doi:10.1001/archotol.1983.00800230071021

In Reply.—We regret that our article, which was a summary of recent and unpublished work from our laboratory, did not give the complete information under the "Patients" section that our control group was matched according to physical activity, age, and malnutrition. Therefore, we hereby want to add the information that our patients with and without cancer had lost similar amounts of weight and that the groups had a comparable degree of malnutrition assessed by conventional means, eg, body weight, actual to ideal weight, triceps skinfold, midarm circumference, serum albumin concentration, and total body potassium. However, it may well be that the patients with cancer were slightly more protein malnourished and their conditions were evaluated from lower serum albumin concentrations. The patients with cancer who received enteral nutrition were also essentially comparable with the patients with cancer receiving parenteral nutrition. However, the groups were too small to allow meaningful comparison between the

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