Unintentional weight loss in elderly: A diagnostic challenge

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Objective: To describe the difficulty in diagnosing an elderly with unintentional weight loss. Case report: A 70-year old lady presented to a primary care clinic with weight loss for two months associated with anorexia. There was no other symptom noted. In primary care setting, weight loss is a common presentation and is associated with significant adverse health outcome, increased mortality and progressive disability. The differential diagnoses for unintentional weight loss are broad, ranging from organic to non organic causes. Malignancy accounts for one in every third patient with unintentional weight loss. The early features are often subtle and non descriptive, making diagnosis a challenge. Conclusion: This case highlights the challenge in detecting a patient with periampullary carcinoma that presented with unintentional weight loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-32
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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Weight Loss
Primary Health Care
Anorexia
Differential Diagnosis
Carcinoma
Mortality
Health
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Malignancy
  • Periampullary cancer
  • Unintentional weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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