A 35-year-old member asked:
why are some people with pneumonia at risk for cachexia?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Cytokines: Chemical substances released from inflammatory cells have a tendency to suppress appetite. It should not result in cachexia unless this is a very chronic and long-standing severe pneumonia. Strongly suggest looking for other reasons.
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Its the reverse: Cachexia is a sign of either nutritional deficiency or severe chronic underlying disease which releases inflammatory compounds that cause loss of muscle tissue and body mass. A large number of diseases do this, like cancer and advanced heart disease. This condition will lower the ability to fight infection and increase the risk of all infections including pneumonia.
Last updated Mar 19, 2014
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