Journal article

Height and weight fail to detect early signs of malnutrition in children with cystic fibrosis

D Stapleton, D Kerr, L Gurrin, T Sherriff, P Sly

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY AND NUTRITION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2001

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many children with cystic fibrosis grow poorly and are malnourished. This study was undertaken to determine whether extensive anthropometry could detect early signs of malnutrition in prepubertal children with cystic fibrosis to prevent deficits in height and weight. METHODS: Height, weight, six skin folds (triceps, subscapular, supraspinale, abdominal, front thigh, and medial calf) and five girths (arm relaxed, forearm, chest, thigh, and calf) were measured in a cross-sectional study of children aged 6 to 11 years with cystic fibrosis. RESULTS: The children with cystic fibrosis were shorter and lighter for their age and gender than those in the reference groups. The mean weight ..

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