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Severe malnutrition due to subtle neurologic deficits and epilepsy: report of three cases.

Authors
  • Dike, G L
Type
Published Article
Journal
East African Medical Journal
Publisher
African Journals Online
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1999
Volume
76
Issue
10
Pages
597–598
Identifiers
PMID: 10734515
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In southern and eastern Africa, where approximately eight per cent of households lack access to adequate food, children suffering from chronic infections such as tuberculosis, gastrointestinal parasites and human immunodeficiency virus, often present with severe protein energy malnutrition. Three cases are described of children presenting to Chikankata Salvation Army Hospital who required hospitalization and urgent feeding due to PEM. No underlying aetiology for their life-threatening PEM could initially be identified and they were all observed to gain weight while in the intensive feeding unit. After discharge, each re-presented with recurrent failure-to-thrive and were found to have subtle neurologic deficits and underlying epilepsy. Epilepsy and developmental disabilities should be considered in patients with PEM for whom other aetiologies cannot be identified.

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