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Severe malnutrition

Alan A. Jackson

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1103

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Severe malnutrition

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Severe malnutrition is the consequence of systemic deficiency of energy and nutrients over a prolonged period: in children development is stunted and the individual is at risk of fatal (often clinically ‘silent’) infection and other illnesses. It is a medical and societal emergency: mortality is high, despite attempts to provide appropriate care....

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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