Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 125–127 | Cite as

Co-morbidities in hospitalized children with severe acute malnutrition

  • Rakesh Kumar
  • Jyoti Singh
  • Karan Joshi
  • H. P. Singh
  • S. Bijesh
Research Brief



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.


Co-morbidities Hospitalization India Management Severe acute malnutrition 


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© Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rakesh Kumar
    • 1
  • Jyoti Singh
    • 1
  • Karan Joshi
    • 1
  • H. P. Singh
    • 1
  • S. Bijesh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Shyam Shah Medical CollegeAPS UniversityRewaIndia

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