Endocrinology Book


Weight for Length

Aka: Weight for Length
  1. See Also
    1. Weight Measurement in Children
    2. Weight for Height Age
  2. Indication
    1. Growth Assessment
    2. Failure to Thrive
  3. Efficacy
    1. Weight for Length is a better indicator than weight alone for determining Failure to Thrive
  4. Definition
    1. Assesses percentile of a given Weight for Length (or height) ratio when comparing children in the same age cohort
  5. Interpretation
    1. Criteria for severe Malnutrition (may warrant inpatient management for Failure to Thrive)
      1. Weight <70% of the 50th percentile Weight for Length
  6. References
    1. Bern (1997) Bull World Health Organ 75(suppl 1): 87-96 [PubMed]

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