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Recovery of an Elderly Kwashiorkor Patient by Korean Medicine: A Case Report

대한한의학회지 2021년 42권 1호 p.129 ~ 135
전천후, 김슬기, 손창규,
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전천후 ( Jeon Cheon-Hoo ) - Daejeon University College of Korean Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
김슬기 ( Kim Sul-Ki ) - Daejeon University College of Korean Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
손창규 ( Son Chang-Gue ) - Daejeon University College of Oriental Medicine Liver and Immunology Research Center

Abstract


Objectives: The present study reports case of an elderly kwashiorkor patient who was treated with Korean Medicine.

Methods: A 68-year-old female patient with weight loss, general weakness, chills, anorexia, and dizziness after over 100 episodes of diarrhea visited the hospital. Blood tests showed hypoalbuminemia and anemia, and ultrasonography revealed fatty liver disease. The patient was diagnosed with kwashiorkor, and her symptom differentiation was Yang deficiency followed by Both Qi-Blood deficiency. Sayeok-Tang, Soshiho-Tang, Insamyangyeong-Tang, and Gongjin-Dan, herbal drugs, were given to the patient during 40 days of hospitalization.

Results: After 40 days of hospitalization, her symptoms were reduced, and the blood test results improved.

Conclusion: This case presents the therapeutic potential of Korean medicine in the treatment of kwashiorkor.

키워드

Kwashiorkor; Protein-energy malnutrition; Korean medicine; Case report

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