Diagnostics, Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2021) – 146 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): For decades, clinical attention to cachexia, often confused with anorexia, has been neglected. The diagnostic definition of cachexia itself has only recently been approved, which should help to avoid underestimation or mismanagement of this syndrome. Since then, the consensus definition of cachexia has constantly evolved (with growing importance given to functional and biochemical parameters to assess cachexia) and has even been finely tuned to distinguish its stages and degrees of severity. This review aims to pinpoint the major criteria to diagnose cachexia, highlighting the evolving importance of these criteria and distinguishing cachexia from other forms of muscle waste. View this paper.
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