Title: The diagnostic spectrum of unintentional weight loss
Authors: Vanderschueren, Steven ×
Geens, Elke
Knockaert, Daniel
Bobbaers, Herman #
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Publisher: Published by the Macmillan Press on behalf of the European Association of Internal Medicine
Series Title: European journal of internal medicine vol:16 issue:3 pages:160-164
Abstract: Significant and documented involuntary weight loss in adults frequently poses a diagnostic challenge to the clinician. We summarize published series on the etiologies and the outcomes of involuntary weight loss and use these data to formulate a proposal for a diagnostic work-up. Simple, non-invasive screening tests, embarking from thorough history-taking and clinical examination, are advocated first. Additional testing should be directed towards areas of concern raised by this initial evaluation. If a well-thought-out baseline examination is reassuring and fails to provide further clues, a strategy of watchful waiting with close clinical follow-up is preferred to a blind pursuit of additional, more invasive, or expensive investigations.
ISSN: 0953-6205
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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