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Severe malnutrition 

Severe malnutrition
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Severe malnutrition
Author(s):

Alan A. Jackson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1103

May 29, 2014: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 22 October 2017

Severe malnutrition is the consequence of systemic deficiency of energy and nutrients over a prolonged period: in children development is stunted and the individual is at risk of fatal (often clinically ‘silent’) infection and other illnesses. It is a medical and societal emergency: mortality is high, despite attempts to provide appropriate care....

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