Chapter 7.1 Diagnosis

The main diagnostic features are:

Children with severe acute malnutrition should first be assessed with a full clinical examination to confirm whether they have any general danger sign, medical complications and an appetite.

Children with severe acute malnutrition with loss of appetite or any medical complication have complicated severe acute malnutrition and should be admitted for inpatient care. Children who have a good appetite and no medical complications can be managed as outpatients.