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Dr. Scott Keith
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Emaciation (Overview)

Emaciation is the clinical finding of extreme malnutrition or illness in which a person becomes extremely thin with significant fat and muscle loss.


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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. Scott Keith
9 doctors shared insights

Emaciation (Overview)

Emaciation is the clinical finding of extreme malnutrition or illness in which a person becomes extremely thin with significant fat and muscle loss.


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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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