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Assessment of severe malnutrition among hospitalized children in rural Kenya: comparison of weight for height and mid upper arm circumference.

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CONTEXT: Severe malnutrition has a high mortality rate among hospitalized children in sub-Saharan Africa. However, reports suggest that malnutrition is often poorly assessed. The World Health Organization recommends using weight for height, but this method is problematic and often not undertaken in practice. Mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) and the clinical sign "visible severe wasting" are simple and inexpensive methods but have not been evaluated in this setting. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate M...

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10.1001/jama.294.5.591

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Journal:
JAMA
Volume:
294
Issue:
5
Pages:
591-597
Publication date:
2005-08-05
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EISSN:
1538-3598
ISSN:
0098-7484
URN:
uuid:aa9c9057-c35e-404f-adb5-d083ff81bf99
Source identifiers:
94662
Local pid:
pubs:94662

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