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Severe protein–energy malnutrition

Felicity Savage King and Ann Burgess

in Nutrition for Developing Countries

Second edition

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192622334
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622334.003.0017
Severe protein–energy malnutrition

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This chapter focuses on severe protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) — now called severe acute malnutrition (SAM) — in children. It explains the cause and signs of the three type of PEM: marasmus, kwashiorkor, and marasmic kwashiorkor. It discusses the dangers of PEM, management of severe malnutrition in children, medical treatment, phases of recovery, and monitoring recovery. Note that there are now new guidelines on the management of SAM.

Keywords: marasmus; kwashiornor; malnutrition; children's health; nutrition

Chapter.  11279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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