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cachexia

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Description

Cachexia is a condition characterized by extreme weight loss, muscle wasting, and fatigue. It is most commonly seen in people with chronic illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Cachexia is caused by an imbalance between the body's energy intake and energy expenditure, leading to a breakdown of muscle and fat stores. This can lead to a decrease in appetite, an inability to absorb nutrients, and an increase in inflammation. Treatment for cachexia typically involves a combination of dietary changes, exercise, and medications to help improve appetite and increase energy levels.

Synonyms
  • wasting
  • wasting disease
  • wasting syndrome
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