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Nutrition for Developing Countries$
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Felicity Savage-King and Ann Burgess

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780192622334

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622334.001.0001

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Severe protein–energy malnutrition

Severe protein–energy malnutrition

(p.222) 17 Severe protein–energy malnutrition
Nutrition for Developing Countries

Felicity Savage King

Ann Burgess

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on severe protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) — now called severe acute malnutrition (SAM) — in children. It explains the cause and signs of the three type of PEM: marasmus, kwashiorkor, and marasmic kwashiorkor. It discusses the dangers of PEM, management of severe malnutrition in children, medical treatment, phases of recovery, and monitoring recovery. Note that there are now new guidelines on the management of SAM.

Keywords:   marasmus, kwashiornor, malnutrition, children's health, nutrition

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