Distinguishing starvation from cachexia.

  title={Distinguishing starvation from cachexia.},
  author={David R Thomas},
  journal={Clinics in geriatric medicine},
  volume={18 4},
The poor response to hypercaloric feeding in ill adults may be caused by failure to distinguish cachexia from starvation (Table 1). The chief difference between starvation and cachexia is that refeeding reverses starvation but is less effective for cachexia. The ineffectiveness of refeeding in treating cachexia may explain some of the poor results from direct nutritional interventions in clinical trials. Simple starvation should respond to voluntary or involuntary hypercaloric feedings. The… CONTINUE READING