Distinguishing starvation from cachexia

Title

Distinguishing starvation from cachexia

Creator

Thomas DR

Publisher

Clinics In Geriatric Medicine

Date

2002

Subject

Humans; Aged; Nutritional Status; Diagnosis; Differential; Nutrition Assessment; Energy Intake; Cachexia/diagnosis; Starvation/diagnosis

Description

The poor response to hypercaloric feeding in ill adults may be caused by failure to distinguish cachexia from starvation (Table 1). The chief difference between starvation and cachexia is that refeeding reverses starvation but is less effective for cachexia. The ineffectiveness of refeeding in treating cachexia may explain some of the poor results from direct nutritional interventions in clinical trials. Simple starvation should respond to voluntary or involuntary hypercaloric feedings. The failure to demonstrate a more positive response may be caused by underlying cachexic states.
2002

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

883-891

Issue

4

Volume

18

Citation

Thomas DR, “Distinguishing starvation from cachexia,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 18, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13014.

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