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Parrot's atrophy in the newborn

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    A nutritional deficiency in infants characterized by failure to thrive, progressive wasting, emaciation, stunted growth, atrophy of muscle, dry skin and subcutaneous fat, dull appearance, sparse dry hair, hypothermia, slow pulse and decreased metabolic basal rate, and moderate irritability. It is caused by an inadequate food intake, chronic diarrhea, or prolonged negative energy balance. When occurring within protein deficiency, the condition is known as the kwashiorkor-marasmus syndrome.


    • J. M. Parrot:
      Clinique des nouveau-nés. L’athrepsie.
      Leçons recueillies par le Dr. Troisier. Paris, Masson, 1877.

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