Weight loss following thermal injury

T. W. Newsome, A. D. Mason, B. A. Pruitt

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A pattern of weight loss was found in patients with thermal injuries. The magnitude and duration are directly related to the extent of injury. A maximum mean loss of 22% of preburn weight occurred 8 weeks postburn in patients with burns covering more than 40% of the total body surface. Weight stabilization preceded definitive wound closure and was considered to reflect diminishing metabolic demands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-217
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes

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  • Surgery


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