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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.

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Kumar, R., Singh, J., Joshi, K. et al. Co-morbidities in hospitalized children with severe acute malnutrition. Indian Pediatr 51, 125–127 (2014).

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