The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 8, pp 708–709 | Cite as

Subjective Global Nutritional Assessment: A Reliable Screening Tool for Nutritional Assessment in Cerebral Palsy Children – Correspondence

  • Jogender Kumar
  • Amitabh SinghEmail author

To the Editor : We read the article by Minocha et al. [1] and would like to appreciate the authors for highlighting the important but under-recognized problem of malnutrition in cerebral palsy (CP) children. Authors first time used Subjective Global Nutritional Assessment (SGNA) method in CP children and found fair agreement with the objective nutritional assessment. However, there are certain points we would like to highlight which might bring more clarity to the assessment of nutritional status in this population.

The authors used WHO growth charts for anthropometric parameters. However, there are a lot of studies which suggest that pattern of growth of children with CP is different from the general population. In given CP population subset also growth was greatly influenced by functional severity and feeding ability. So, it is advisable not to compare their anthropometric parameters with standard growth charts and one should use CP specific growth charts designed according to their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsPost Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsVMMC & Safdarjung HospitalNew DelhiIndia

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