Feb 26, 2004
Hi, I would like to know what is cachexia (i know it's to do with an amount of weight lost in a time frame)? is it graded on severity? and how is it detected? Thanks.
Response from Dr. Moyle
Cachexia is malnutrition and wasting due to illness. It is predominatedly a protein energy deficiency state with loss of total and lean body mass. It may be assessed and graded by anthropometrics, BIA or DEXA scanning (and other more complex methods).
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