Journal article

Clinical and laboratory features associated with mortality in children with severe malnutrition in Papua New Guinea

Ian Kintwa, Paulus Ripa, Jonah Kurubi, Magdalynn Kaupa, Trevor Duke

PAEDIATRICS AND INTERNATIONAL CHILD HEALTH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: The World Health Organization has a clinical and syndromic approach to the management of severe acute malnutrition which recognises that laboratory investigations are often not possible where children with severe malnutrition present. In low- and middle-income countries including Papua New Guinea, rates of death from severe malnutrition in many hospitals remain 10% or more.Aim: To evaluate the clinical predictors of death and the association between disturbances of electrolytes and haematological investigations in children with severe malnutrition and the risk of mortality.Methods: The clinical and laboratory predictors of death in a prospective cohort of 150 children with severe..

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