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Measurement of Body Composition in Burned Children: Is there a Gold Standard?

Branski, L.K., Norbury, W.B., Herndon, D.N., et al. (2010). Measurement of Body Composition in Burned Children: Is there a Gold Standard? Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 34(1):55-63.

This prospective study of 279 pediatric patients with burns covering 40% of total body surface area compared 2 measurement methods for body composition: whole body potassium counting (K count); and dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). The authors concluded that DEXA scans be used (with a correction factor, as needed) because they are less stressful for the patient, in addition to being more affordable than K counts.
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