[Acute malnutrition in children]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2017 May 15;179(20):V03170193.
[Article in Danish]


The prevalence of malnutrition has declined significantly over the last 30 years. Despite this, malnutrition remains a major cause of illness and death among children worldwide, particularly in low- and medium-income countries. Marasmus and kwashiorkor are the most life-threatening forms of malnutrition. Treatment protocols enable effective treatment, but only a minority of malnourished children have access to treatment. Furthermore, treating children with complicated malnutrition requiring hospitalization remains a clinical challenge.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Child
  • Child Nutrition Disorders* / complications
  • Child Nutrition Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Child Nutrition Disorders* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Infections / complications
  • Kwashiorkor / diagnosis
  • Kwashiorkor / therapy
  • Malnutrition* / complications
  • Malnutrition* / diagnosis
  • Malnutrition* / therapy
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / diagnosis
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / therapy