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Diagnosing Severe Acute Malnutrition using MUAC in under 6 months

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Martha

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28 Apr 2017, 07:14

Infants under 6 months old are vulnerable to malnutrition……now a step forward to diagnosing them http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/recent.

In this recent publication, we took a step wise approach in investigating predictive and discriminatory value of common anthropometric measures (WFL, LAZ, WAZ & MUAC) to in-patient and post-discharge mortality among infants under 6 months. The paper focuses on answering 3 key questions;

- How best to identify malnutrition by anthropometric measures at a single time point in the under 6 months?
- What is the effect of age on the discriminatory value of anthropometry in under 6 months?
- What MUAC single cut-off could be applied for diagnosis and intervention among under 6 months?

We conclude that MUAC and WAZ are better predictors of mortality than WLZ and hence should be used to diagnose acute malnutrition. A MUAC criteria of <11.0cm was statistically optimal to target infants at the highest risk of death.

We hope you find the read useful and informative.

Martha

Pascale Delchevalerie

Independant consultant

Normal user

18 Dec 2018, 10:13

Hello,
I'm interested in reading your article, but the link is not valid anymore (your publication is not "recent"): could you give me more details on the title, authors and where to find it?
Thank you,
Pascale

Mark Myatt

Epidemiologist at Brixton Health

Frequent user

18 Dec 2018, 10:23

Is this what you are looking for?

Pascale Delchevalerie

Independant consultant

Normal user

18 Dec 2018, 15:34

Yeees!
Thank you very much for your rapid answer
pascale

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