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Med Clin North Am. 2014 May;98(3):625-43. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2014.01.012. Epub 2014 Mar 21.

Involuntary weight loss.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, 4245 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Box 354760, Seattle, WA 98105, USA. Electronic address: cjwong@uw.edu.

Abstract

Involuntary weight loss remains an important and challenging clinical problem, with a high degree of morbidity and mortality. Because of the frequency of finding a serious underlying diagnosis, clinicians must be thorough in assessment, keeping in mind a broad range of possible causes. Although prediction scores exist, they have not been broadly validated; therefore, clinical judgment remains ever essential.

KEYWORDS:

Diagnosis; Etiology; Involuntary weight loss; Malignancy; Prognosis; Unexplained weight loss; Unintended weight loss; Unintentional weight loss

PMID:
24758965
DOI:
10.1016/j.mcna.2014.01.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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