Value of total body potassium in assessing the nutritional status of children with end-stage liver disease

Trocki, O., Wotton, M.J., Cleghorn, G.J., & Shepherd, R.W. (2000) Value of total body potassium in assessing the nutritional status of children with end-stage liver disease. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 904, pp. 400-405.

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Malnutrition is a common problem in children with end-stage liver disease (ESLD), and accurate assessment of nutritional status is essential in managing these children. In a retrospective study, we compared nutritional assessment by anthropometry with that by body composition. We analyzed all consecutive measurements of total body potassium (TBK, n = 186) of children less than 3 years old with ESLD awaiting transplantation found in our database. The TBK values obtained by whole body counting of 40K were compared with reference TRK values of healthy children. The prevalence of malnutrition, as assessed by weight (weight Z score < -2) was 28%, which was significantly lower (chi-square test, p < 0.0001) than the prevalence of malnutrition (76%) assessed by TBK (< 90% of expected TRK for age). These results demonstrated that body weight underestimated the nutritional deficit and stressed the importance of measuring body composition as part of assessing nutritional status of children with ESLD.

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ID Code: 89608
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Paper presented in In the 5th International Symposium on In Vivo Body Composition Studies, 1999, New York
Keywords: potassium 40, potassium ion, anthropometry, body composition, body weight, conference paper, diagnostic accuracy, diagnostic value, female, human, infant, liver failure, major clinical study, male, malnutrition, nutritional status, preschool child, retrospective study, total body potassium, Body Height, Child, Preschool, Humans, Nutrition Disorders, Potassium, Retrospective Studies
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2000.tb06489.x
ISSN: 0077-8923
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 The New York Academy of Sciences
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2015 00:09
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 04:24

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