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How often do doctors look at tumor necrosis factor in a patients blood when definitively diagnosing someone for cardiac cachexia?
Never heard of it: As a pathologist / lab specialist, let me reassure you. The diagnosis of cardiac cachexia is made on the most valuable of all tests -- the history and physical exam. Labs are useful when, and only when, they detect disease that you'd miss on h;p. Tumor necrosis factors were once called "cachexins" and may or may not have something to do with the curious wasting seen in cancer. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer and treatment: The greek words kakos="bad things", & hexus="state of being. Cancer cachexia is characterized by diminished nutrient intake and progressive tissue depletion, both of which lead to weight loss. Cytokine activation and tumor-derived cachexia-inducing substances are thought to be the causes.In some cases, cancer treatment may also contribute to loss of lean body mass in patients with advanced cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Cachexia is not a complete diagnosis, as the underlying cause may not have been identified. Furthermore, smoking marijuana is not a medical treatment, since dosage is not standardized or regulated. Marinol has been used to treat cachexia associated with difference medical conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal: Severe and chronic heart failure can set into motion alterations of chemicals in the blood similar to other severe illnesses. Additional changes in appetite and psychological changes can affect diet as well as physical deconditioning. All of these factors can cumulatively lead to muscle wasting syndromes. Mild heart failure is usually not associated with these severe physiologic manifestations. ...Read more
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