Marasmus Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 13, 2021
  • Author: Simon S Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

No differential diagnosis for marasmus are noted. However, when edema is present, it can reflect a kwashiorkor (KW) component of the malnutrition or an underlying cardiac or renal insufficiency. In these circumstances, additional laboratory tests or radiographic tests may be needed.