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How often do doctors look at tumor necrosis factor in a patients blood when definitively diagnosing someone for cardiac cachexia?

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

Cachexia (Definition)

Cancer cachexia is a syndrome of weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively ...Read more


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How is cachexia corrected?

How  is cachexia  corrected?

Cachexia: Cachexia: 1st we need to define what is causing it . For instance ( a cancer, anorexia, bulemia, malabsorbtion, and gastrointestinal infection etc). Cachexia is another way to say abnormal weight loss. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of cachexia?

What is the prognosis of cachexia?

Cachexia: Cachexia is progressive disease ivolving wasting of the body usually caused by amalignant tumor or disease. Prognosis is not a good one. ...Read more

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Difference between anorexia and cachexia?

Difference between anorexia and cachexia?

Definitions: Anorexia is no appetite for whatever reason. Cachexia is a wasting of the body tissues, especially affecting lean body mass / muscle, seen in cancer and the most severe inflammatory diseases. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Cachexia is a condition in which so few calories are consumed that even fat is used up, right?

Cachexia is a condition in which so few calories are consumed that even fat is used up, right?

More or less: Cachexia is usually associated with serious diseases, e.g., disseminated cancer, advanced aids and is driven by cytokines that accelerate metabolism, depress appetite and promote consumption of fat. There is negative imbalance between intake and expenditure of calories. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cachexia?

What is the definition or description of: cachexia?

Cachexia: Cancer cachexia is a syndrome of weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively trying to lose weight. ...Read more

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Why are some people with pneumonia at risk for cachexia?

Why are some people with pneumonia at risk for cachexia?

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 more

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What are factors contributing to cancer cachexia?

What are factors contributing to cancer cachexia?

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 more

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I was diagnosed with cachexia and I smoked some marijuana. Whould that help appetite?

I was diagnosed with cachexia and I smoked some marijuana. Whould that help appetite?

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 more

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How can heart failure lead to cachexia?

How can heart failure lead to cachexia?

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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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more