An experiment was undertaken to test whether in severe obesity cholesterol production rates obtained by isotope kinetic analysis (two-pool compartmental analysis) are comparable to those measured by chemical sterol balance techniques. Eight severely obese but normocholesterolemic patients were studied by the balance method, and five of these eight were studied by compartmental analysis. Cholesterol turnover was 10% higher by compartmental analysis.


Paul J. Nestel, Paul H. Schreibman, E. H. Ahrens Jr.


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