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What Happens To A Person With Untreated Marasmus
Severe: Marasmus is one tyoe of serious protein-energy malnutrition. Marasmus is a condition primarily caused by a deficiency in calories and energy. Marasmus results in not only high mortality (even for hospitalized children), without any improvement over the last 2 decades, and also results in morbidity, stunted linear growth, and compromised neurological development. ...Read more
FAILURE TO GAIN WT-: Then loss of weight until emaciation results, loss of skin turgor, wrinkled/loose skin as subcutaneous fat disappears, appearance becomes shrunken and wizened. Abdomen may be distended or flat with visible intestinal pattern. Muscle atrophy with resultant hypotonia, temperature- subnormal, slow pulse rate, low bmr. Listlessness, diminished appetite. Constipated or starvation diarrhea with mucous... ...Read more
Starvation diseases: They are both diseases that arise from an inadequate diet and starvation. Kids with marasmus have dry loose baggy skin. Kwashiokor children have malabsorption, diarrhea, edema and bloated abdomens. The findings in kwashiorkor are due to profound profound protein malnutrition while marasmus is from a total lack of nutrition in general ...Read more
Marasmus: Forget about sex, ethnicity, etc., merasmus is a form of severe malnutrition, often starting in children who are very young. It has little to do with sex and ethnicity, etc. Please read up about in on the web and, if this directly involves you, follow all of the information provided. ...Read more
See below: "marasmus is one of the 3 forms of serious protein-energy malnutrition (pem). The other 2 forms are kwashiorkor (kw) and marasmic kw. These forms represent a group of pathologic conditions associated with a nutritional and energy deficit occurring in young children from developing countries at the time of weaning. Marasmus is a condition caused by a deficiency in calories and energy"(medscape.Com. ...Read more
Not just that...: The way you have phrased this question itself is troubling. I can't call it without seeing you, but i hope you have access to a physician who can look at how you eat, and whether there is malabsorption / maldigestion / endocrine disease (addison's, simmonds') that may be putting your life in danger. I believe you know of the danger you are in; please get with your personal physician now. ...Read more
See below: Marasmus has been thought to result from inadequate energy intake and is better described as nonedematous protein /energy malnutrition. Treatment include initial phase of hydration & antibiotic treatment followed by continued antibiotic therapy and introduction of diet providing maintenance amount of protein and energy along with adequate electrolytes, trace minerals and vitamins (second phase). ...Read more
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