Disease-related malnutrition in outpatients with systemic sclerosis

Roberto Caporali, Riccardo Caccialanza, Claudia Bonino, Catherine Klersy, Emanuele Cereda, Blerina Xoxi, Anna Crippa, Maria Luisa Rava, Margherita Orlandi, Chiara Bonardi, Barbara Cameletti, Veronica Codullo, Carlomaurizio Montecucco

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Background & aim: Disease-related malnutrition is known to negatively affect clinical outcomes. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of malnutrition in a cohort of outpatients affected by Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) and its association with clinical variables. Methods: One hundred sixty SSc patients were consecutively evaluated. The following clinical variables were assessed: disease duration, activity and severity, treatments, functional status, gastrointestinal involvement. Nutritional assessment included: body mass index (BMI), weight loss (WL) history, nutritional intakes and serum prealbumin. Malnutrition was defined as BMI

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-671
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Disease activity
  • Malnutrition
  • Systemic sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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