Assessment of Nutritional Status
The definition of undernutrition has proved to be more difficult than might be expected for so prevalent a condition. The ease of clinical recognition of the two polar entities of kwashiorkor (from the Ga language of Ghana, meaning “displaced child”) (Fig. 3.1) and marasmus (Greek marasmos, withering) (Fig. 3.2) does not belittle the semantic and diagnostic problems surrounding less severe and intermediate forms of nutritional deficiencies.
KeywordsPyruvate Kinase Nutritional Deficiency Adenylate Kinase Folic Acid Iron Polar Entity
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