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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Emaciation (Overview)

Emaciation = body mass index below 16 kg/m2.


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When cachexia from emphysema causes emaciation, what can be done?

When cachexia from emphysema causes emaciation, what can be done?

Treatment: The goal of controlling dyspnea in patients with severe COPD can help. Using multiple inhalers (both short and long acting), a pde inhibitor (new drug class), plus exercise seems to help the most. However, weight loss due to COPD is a sign of severe illness and end of life planning (if not already done) should be considered strongly. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
9 doctors shared insights

Emaciation (Overview)

Emaciation = body mass index below 16 kg/m2.


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What if an emaciated person with anorexia nervosa asks me on how she looks like, how should I respond?

What if an emaciated person with anorexia nervosa asks me on how she looks like, how should I respond?

Honest- tactful: I think it is fair to be honest in a tactful manner. People with anorexia nervosa have distorted body images & reality based feedback can be beneficial. Just do so gently. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent emaciation when treating cancer that has spread to the lungs?

What is the best way to prevent emaciation when treating cancer that has spread to the lungs?

Diet: I assume emaciation would be the result of loss of appetite secondary to chemotherapy and or radiation. This can be compensated by taking Progesterone (megace) for improving appetite or complete B by mouth and if necessary hyperalimentation given IV daily to increased caloric intake. ...Read more

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Is there treatment for a rotator cup tear?

Is there treatment for a rotator cup tear?

Therapy vs repair: Not all rotator cuff tears are treated the same. Factors such as age of patient, age of the tear, size of tear, location of the tear, and most importantly the symptoms of the patient all help determine the best course of treatment. A trial of nonoperative management with therapy and perhaps an injection is the usual 1st line of treatment. Surgery may be indicated if nonoperative treatment fails. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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How are emaciation and pancreatic disease linked?

How are emaciation and pancreatic disease linked?

Several reasons: 1. Diabetes out of control- you break down fat/ muscle when sugars high 2. If lack pancreatic enzymes which help absorb nutrients, lose nutrients in stool, don't absorb them so essentially patient is 'starving'. ...Read more

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How does an alcoholic be so emaciated when consuming so many calories?

How does an alcoholic be so emaciated when consuming so many calories?

Alcohol is toxic: The calories are offset by the toxic effects of the alcohol on all of the organ systems in the body, especially when alcohol is consumed instead of food. ...Read more

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What if an emaciated person with anorexia nervosa asks me on how she looks like, how should I respond?

Honest- tactful: I think it is fair to be honest in a tactful manner. People with anorexia nervosa have distorted body images & reality based feedback can be beneficial. Just do so gently. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can reverse emaciation caused by anxiety and depression?

Can you tell me how i can reverse emaciation caused by anxiety and depression?

Are you sure: There are no physical reasons for your emaciation? If other issues have been ruled put, start working with a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist. Work on reducing anxiety and depression. Some antidepressant medications reduce appetite so consult with them to be sure you take the right medication. Speak with a dietician to come up with a diet that will help you regain weight. ...Read more

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My eyes seem to be going deeper intosockets. This makes my face look emaciated. How do I treat this please?

My eyes seem to be going deeper intosockets.  This makes my face look emaciated. How do I treat this please?

Unusual: observation. The eyes don't change position because of the muscle attachments. In the absence of any other symptoms, I suspect the tissue around the eye may be changing, which could be affected by hydration status, inflammation such as in allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, or even kidney/liver disease. Get a direct evaluation by a physician or optometrist for more direct recommendation. ...Read more

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For days my skin glows, lips are red, face looks healthy. Then skin becomes dull, lips darker and face looks emaciated for a few days. Cycle repeats.

For days my skin glows, lips are red, face looks healthy. Then skin becomes dull, lips darker and face looks emaciated for a few days. Cycle repeats.

Dermatologist: You need an objective eye to see what you are describing to work on a treatment for your skin and body. Nutrition is a big part of good skin, but science, specifically dermatology, can work wonders with what your DNA has given you for life. Genetics is what we're born with, but if this is not a systemic illness, a dermatologist could help. I suggest you see a GP when your skin is dull, to start ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent emaciation when treating cancer that has spread to the lungs?

Diet: I assume emaciation would be the result of loss of appetite secondary to chemotherapy and or radiation. This can be compensated by taking Progesterone (megace) for improving appetite or complete B by mouth and if necessary hyperalimentation given IV daily to increased caloric intake. ...Read more

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When cachexia from emphysema causes emaciation, what can be done?

Treatment: The goal of controlling dyspnea in patients with severe COPD can help. Using multiple inhalers (both short and long acting), a pde inhibitor (new drug class), plus exercise seems to help the most. However, weight loss due to COPD is a sign of severe illness and end of life planning (if not already done) should be considered strongly. ...Read more

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I'm 30 weeks pregnant and just had anal sex with my partner. Everything was full on and very intense but there was no pain there so proceeded until he emaciated into my anal. I went to the toilet not long afterwards and wipe just my bum and then my vagina

I'm 30 weeks pregnant and just had anal sex with my partner. Everything was full on and very intense but there was no pain there so proceeded until he emaciated into my anal. I went to the toilet not long afterwards and wipe just my bum and then my vagina

Anal intercourse: Your question was cut off. It appears that you are concerned about anal discharge after ejaculation occurred during receptive anal intercourse. The semen will be expelled from your anus immediately and over time causing some degree of discharge. If you are bleeding from your anus then have your obgyn examine you for anal tearing and injury. ...Read more