Wednesday, October 21, 2009

To Quench

You are on an away rotation in India. A father brings his child, shown above, to clinic. The child has been severely constipated. On exam, his height and weight are severely diminished, he is bradycardic, hypotensive, and hypothermic. He has thin, dry skin with redundant skin folds and hair loss. When you treat this condition, the child becomes ravenously hungry.

Challenge: Specifically, what is the disease called?

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Alex said...


Craig Chen said...

yep - sad :(
To Quench

Marasmus is from the Greek word "to quench" and refers to the most common form of protein-energy malnutrition due to inadequate dietary total calories leading to wasting of muscle mass and depletion of total body fat.

Sources: UpToDate; Wikipedia.