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PBM EN NÑOS: ¿brazo no dominante? / MUAC in children: non-dominant arm?

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Spencer Rivadeneira Danies


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13 Jul 2019, 19:46

¿Al medir el perímetro braquial medio en niños de 6 meses a 5 años de edad, es correcto incluir en las recomendaciones la selección del "BRAZO NO DOMINANTE" o el "BRAZO IZQUIERDO" como se recomienda en algunas guías?

Automatic translation:

When measuring the average brachial perimeter in children from 6 months to 5 years of age, is it correct to include in the recommendations the selection of the "NON-DOMINANT ARM" or the "LEFT ARM" as recommended in some guidelines?


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15 Jul 2019, 12:15

Dear Spencer,

Some previous discusson on en-net suggests that there is no strong evidence base for this recommendation in children of the 6 month to 5 year age group:

However, there may be further evidence/experience from others. 

Best wishes,



Action Against Hunger UK

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15 Jul 2019, 12:38

and see this:

"Classification [of MUAC] by mothers measuring the mid point of the upper arm determined by eye, showed an accuracy of 86.4% – 88.4% in GAM, and 94.2% – 95.6% in SAM, compared with the current standard of the CHW classification."

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