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
- Dry, pealing skin
- Emaciated appearance
- Failure to achieve an appropriate weight
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.