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Nitrogen Balance

Specialty:

Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology

Objective:

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Description:

Nitrogen balance is the difference between nitrogen intake and nitrogen loss. Nitrogen intake occurs as dietary protein or from amino acids administered in parenteral infusions. Nitrogen loss occurs mostly in the urine. Additional loss occurs in feces, from skin sloughing, fluid drainages and exudates. Nitrogen balance can be used as an index of protein requirements.

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