Original Publication Date: 4 February, 2014
Publication / Source: Clinical Practice
Authors: Alessandro Laviano & Alessia Paldino
Cachexia is a clinically relevant factor, and its presence should be proactively investigated in hospitalized patients and outpatients. Unfortunately, a unifying definition and generally accepted diagnostic criteria do not yet exist, contributing to the skepticism of many doctors toward nutrition diagnosis in patients. However, the key features of cachexia are the presence of weight loss, increased inflammatory response and muscle wasting.