cardiac cachexia

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cardiac cachexia

Muscle wasting and weight loss occurring in persons with congestive heart failure, and linked with excess circulating levels of tumor necrosis factor and other inflammatory cytokines. It has a poor prognosis.
See also: cachexia


a profound and marked state of constitutional disorder; general ill health and malnutrition. See also emaciation.

cardiac cachexia
severe wasting that occurs in association with chronic cardiac insufficiency. The result of anorexia, malabsorption and poor tissue perfusion with cellular anoxia.
pituitary cachexia
that due to diminution or absence of pituitary function. Manifested by progressive loss of body weight associated with muscle atrophy due to lack of protein anabolism in the absence of growth hormone.