Tagged: Starvation

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Low body fat mass and hormone levels ?

An 11-year-old girl is presented at the clinic with reports of frequent fainting and lethargy. The girl is 5 ft tall and weighs 80 lb. Skin fold tests show an abnormally low percentage of body fat mass. Which of the following hormones is likely to be severely diminished in this patient? A. Cortisol B. Epinephrine C. Glucagon D. Insulin E. Thyroid Answer- The correct answer is D. The patient has low body weight and fat mass and there are frequent fainting attacks. Apparently her condition is consistent with a low energy state that might be due to poor diet or...

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Case study- Starvation

Case details A 25 –year-old woman living alone became severely depressed after the termination of her engagement. Two months later, she was brought to the emergency room by a friend because of weakness and lethargy. She appeared thin and pale. Questioning revealed that she had not eaten for several weeks. Analysis of a plasma sample indicated elevated levels of acetoacetate, β hydroxybutyrate, and blood urea nitrogen (BUN). However her plasma glucose concentration was within normal limits. She was hospitalized, given intravenous feeding and antidepressant medications and subsequently shifted to an 1800 Cal (7500 kJ) diet. Her recovery was uneventful. During...

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