Protein-Energy Malnutrition

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Protein-energy malnutrition also known as protein-calorie malnutrition is a potentially fatal body-depletion ailment developing in children and adults who consumes insufficient amounts of protein and energy to meet the nutritional demands of the body.


Carefully evaluated physical examination and health history in combination to the signs and symptoms present can provide accurate diagnosis of protein-energy malnutrition.


Treatment is aimed at providing sufficient nutrition to restore normal body composition and treat the condition that may have caused the nutritional deficit. Infections can be treated by means of antibiotics. In cases where muscles have been greatly affected by the malnutrition, physical therapy may be helpful in rehabilitation and restoration of strength and function.

Symptoms and Signs

Individuals with protein-energy malnutrition may lose about 10% to 20% of body weight without trying leading to deteriorated grip and lack of ability to carry out tasks that require high energy. In some severe cases symptoms may include low blood pressure and body temperature; aged-looking skin; hair that is dry, brittle, and thin; skin ulcerations, and lethargy.


The disorder is caused by insufficient consumption of protein and energy foods needed by the body. There are also cases wherein the insufficiency is due to occur in individuals who are incapable of absorbing and converting vital nutrients to energy necessary for healthy tissue formation and proper organ action.

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