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[Malnutrition syndrome in childhood part II.]

BAKSAI László1, PHILIP W. H. Esker2

MAY 27, 1992

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1992;2(05)

[Malnutrition is a chronic nutritional disorder resulting from insufficient intake of caloric energy and/or some fundamental nutrients. Since it is the most common public health problem in the world it has a great impact on pediatric morbidity and mortality. The etiology is extremely complex. When one considers the less severe symptoms and signs caused by vitamin-, mineral-, and trace element deficiencies, it is apparent that not only children living in underprivileged countries are affected. In the course of making the diagnosis an assess ment of the nutritional status should also be made, especially considering the above-mentioned marginal nutritional deficiencies. The most common manifestation of nutritional disorders is anemia, which is mostly caused by lack of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid and can be complicated by infections. Nutritional requirements can be affected by several drugs. That is why this medication-nutrition interaction has to be kept in mind during treatment. The interaction of malnutrition and infection is very important, primarily for three reasons: mechanisms by which infection complicates the metabolic and nutritional status of the host; importance of suboptimal nutritional status on susceptibility and severity of intercurrent infections; clinical and therapeutic implication of these interactions. ]

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  1. Orvostovábbképző Egyetem Országos Dietetikai Intézet Budapest
  2. Queens Hospital Center, New York

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