Measurement of Lean Body Mass Using CT Scans

Publish Date: 23 - 25 June 2009
Author(s): Vickie Baracos, PhD

Abstract:

Cachexia is characterized by a loss of muscle with or without a loss of fat mass. With the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, emaciation is becoming less common. Even after considerable weight loss from cancer cachexia, many patients are still considered overweight or obese. This article advocates measuring lean body mass, rather than the traditional method of observing weight loss, to better identify cachexia.
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Vickie Baracos, PhD

University of Alberta, Canada
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