A Clinical Approach to Body Composition in Wasting

  • Mark Wahlqvist
  • Sharon Marks
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 55)


The term wasting is used by physicians as a clinical statement about loss of muscle mass and not even lean body mass in its entirety. Whatever the clinician nay think, it is not possible to make, for example, an assessment about reduced liver nitrogen or protein in conjunction with protein energy malnutrition (P.E.M.) in the face of associated changes of fatty liver. Where there is sufficient evidence of wasting by inspection or by scrutiny of a weight chart, the diagnosis is often made without further confirmatory investigations. In patients with oedema or obesity the wasting is less overt and the need for further assessment arises.


Body Composition Chronic Pancreatitis Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Total Body Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Wahlqvist
    • 1
  • Sharon Marks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineMonash University Prince Henry’s HospitalMelbourneAustralia

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