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November 23/30, 2005

Severe Malnutrition Assessment in Children in Rural Kenya

JAMA. 2005;294(20):2577-2578. doi:10.1001/jama.294.20.2577-a

To the Editor: In their study of assessment of severe malnutrition among hospitalized children in rural Kenya, Dr Berkley and colleagues1 found that malnourished children identified by mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) were more likely to have moderate anemia and kwashiorkor than were children identified by the weight-for-height z scores (WHZ) used by the World Health Organization (WHO).