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MUAC measurements for assessing adult malnutrition in emergencies

MUAC measurements for assessing adult malnutrition in emergencies:

Researchers have recently analysed anthropometric data from nine detailed adult surveys conducted in Asia, Africa and the Pacific and calculated a series of mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) cut-off points to allow screening of individual adults under extreme famine conditions. A MUAC under 200 mm for men and 190 mm for women is said to represent Grade 4 malnutrition. Food supplementation is recommended for these individuals. Extreme wasting (grade 5 malnutrition) is said to correspond to MUAC values of under 170 mm and 160 mm for men and women respectively. These adults are at a high risk of imminent death and are believed to need immediate special feeding regimens to ensure their survival.

This study is published in a paper by Ferro-Luzzi.L and James WP. T., British Journal of Nutrition (1996), 75, 3-Jo.

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MUAC measurements for assessing adult malnutrition in emergencies. Field Exchange 1, May 1997. p9. www.ennonline.net/fex/1/muac