Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 154–155 | Cite as

Screening for SAM in the community: Is MUAC a ‘Simple Tool’?

  • Rajib Dasgupta
  • Dipa Sinha
  • Sachin Kumar Jain
  • Vandana Prasad
Research Letters


Anthropometric data from our survey of 1,879 children in Madhya Pradesh revealed low sensitivity (17.5%) and positive predictive value (30.4%) of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) at the recommended cut-off of 115 mm for identifying Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). This led us to question the reliability of MUAC as a screening tool to identify SAM at the community level, especially in the context of very high levels of stunting.

Key words

Anthropometry Malnutrition Reference standards Severe acute malnutrition 


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© Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajib Dasgupta
    • 1
  • Dipa Sinha
    • 1
  • Sachin Kumar Jain
    • 1
  • Vandana Prasad
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre of Social Medicine and Community HealthJawaharlal Nehru UniversityDelhiIndia

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