Published online Sep 28, 2015. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v7.i21.2358
Peer-review started: June 20, 2015
First decision: July 27, 2015
Revised: August 5, 2015
Accepted: September 7, 2015
Article in press: September 8, 2015
Published online: September 28, 2015
Core tip: We compared the nutritional status between alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients and hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related cirrhotic compensated patients. The levels of rapid-turnover proteins in alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients were significantly higher than those in HCV-related compensated cirrhotic patients. When the nutritional status was determined using the albumin level and non-protein respiratory quotient, the frequency of having a normal nutritional status in alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients was significantly higher than that in HCV-related compensated cirrhotic patients. These findings suggest that alcoholic compensated cirrhotic patients can develop severe portal hypertension even with a relatively well-maintained liver function and nutritional status.