When should malnutrition be suspected during wound healing?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Zubin J Panthaki, MD, CM, FACS, FRCSC  more...
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Suspect malnutrition in patients with chronic illnesses, inadequate societal support, multisystemic trauma, or GI or neurologic problems that may impair oral intake. Protein deficiency occurs in approximately 25% of all hospitalized patients. Oftentimes, a thorough physical examination can reveal signs of malnutrition, such as temporal wasting, loss of subcutaneous fat, ankle/sacral edema, pronounced clavicles.

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