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Table 5 Prognostic indicators of protein-energy malnutrition

From: Under-five Protein Energy Malnutrition Admitted at the University of In Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu: a 10 year retrospective review

Prognostic indicator Kwash (%) UWM (%) MK (%) Marasmus (%) Unclassified (%) P-value
Mean no of complications 2.06 2.00 1.83 1.67 1.26 P < 0.05
Mean hospitalization days 19.15 14.55 16.2 14.52 16.33 0.866
Mortality rate 12 (30) 1 (5.9) 8 (53. 3) 27 (36.5) 36 (54.5) 0.002
  1. Kwash = Kwashiokor; UWM = Underweight malnutrition, MK = Marasmic kwashiokor. The table shows some prognostic indicators: mean number of complications, mean hospitalization days and mortality rates of the various types of PEM.