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Anthropometric measurements were performed on admission and at four weeks post discharge on 25 adults referred to hospital with acute gastroenteritis. There was a significant change in weight (P < 0.001) and mid-arm circumference (P < 0.05), but no change in skinfold thickness, arm muscle area or arm fat area. The results suggest that weight change during acute gastroenteritis is more a consequence of dehydration than of malnutrition.



Br J Clin Pract

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180 - 181


Acute Disease, Adult, Anthropometry, Female, Gastroenteritis, Hospitalization, Humans, Male, Nutritional Status, Prospective Studies