Diagnosis

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History

  • Assess for changes in diet pattern (size, number, and content of meals). If present, the reason(s) for altered food intake should be investigated.
  • Unintentional weight loss of >10% body weight in the last 6 months is associated with a poor clinical outcome but may not be due directly to malnutrition but rather to the underlying illness.1
  • Look for evidence of malabsorption (diarrhea, weight loss).
  • For symptoms of specific nutrient deficiencies, see Table 2-3.
  • Consider factors that may increase metabolic stress (e.g., infection, inflammatory disease, malignancy).
  • Assess the patient’s functional status (e.g., bedridden, suboptimally active).

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History

  • Assess for changes in diet pattern (size, number, and content of meals). If present, the reason(s) for altered food intake should be investigated.
  • Unintentional weight loss of >10% body weight in the last 6 months is associated with a poor clinical outcome but may not be due directly to malnutrition but rather to the underlying illness.1
  • Look for evidence of malabsorption (diarrhea, weight loss).
  • For symptoms of specific nutrient deficiencies, see Table 2-3.
  • Consider factors that may increase metabolic stress (e.g., infection, inflammatory disease, malignancy).
  • Assess the patient’s functional status (e.g., bedridden, suboptimally active).

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