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Management of cachexia - Archived

Cachexia is a condition associated with decrease in appetite with associated increase in metabolism of fat and lead body mass.  It leads to damage to skeletal muscle (pale fibres more affected than red) causing profound lethargy and fatigue.  There is major weight loss with associated alteration of body image, which can be very distressing to the child and family.

Please contact the paediatric palliative care team for specialist advice about managing cachexia.

Edition/Revision: 1.0
Created 18 Jul 2013 - Archived
Validated 19 Jul 2013 by Ian Back
Last modified 2 Apr 2020
Sat 04 Apr 2020 05:57:28 GMT +0100 (DST)
Last modified 2 Apr 2020