Ugeskr Læger 2018;180:V10170802
Handling of hypermetabolism in major burn injuries
Multitrauma, critical illness and major burn injuries give rise to a stress response with a consequential increase in resting energy expenditure. Especially for burn trauma patients, this stress response is severe and prolonged and may cause a reduced lean muscle mass, loss of peripheral fatty tissue, hyperglycaemia and stress-induced diabetes. This review provides an overview of current strategies to attenuate the hypermetabolic stress response in order to improve the clinical outcome for these patients.