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What is Marasmus?

Marasmus is a form of malnutrition, characterized by wasting away of fat, muscle and tissue in the body.

What are symptoms of Marasmus?

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Distended abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Dry, pealing skin
  • Emaciated appearance
  • Failure to achieve an appropriate weight
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

What are causes of Marasmus?

  • Chronic hunger
  • Contaminated water
  • Inadequate food supplies
  • Vitamin deficiency, mainly A, E or K
  • Poor diet, especially lacking in grains, fruits, vegetables and protein

How is Marasmus treated?

Marasmus is treated by a rehydration and feeding plan. You will also be closely monitored to prevent and manage the possibility of malnutrition and is usually treated in a hospital.

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