Co-morbidities in hospitalized children with severe acute malnutrition
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To study the co morbidities in hospitalized children with severe acute malnourishment.
104 severe acute malnourished children were included.
54% had diarrhea and 27.8% had acute respiratory tract infections. Tuberculosis was diagnosed in 22% of cases (60.8% cases in children 6–12 mo old). Malaria and Measles were diagnosed in 3.8% each, and HIV infection was seen in 2.9% cases. Signs of vitamin B and vitamin A deficiency were seen in 14.4% and 5.8% cases, respectively. Malaria and HIV were not found to be major co morbid conditions.
Timely identification and treatment of various co-morbidities is likely to break undernutrition-disease cycle, and to decrease mortality and improve outcome.
KeywordsCo-morbidities Hospitalization India Management Severe acute malnutrition
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