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Cachexia

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Is Cachexia recognized at end-of-life Parkinson's.  My husband has lost a great deal of weight over the past year.  His muscles have wasted away.  He is totally bedridden.  Though he is eating and I make sure he has good nutrition, the weight keeps coming off.  He was diagnosed twenty years ago and has developed dementia and psychosis.  His vital signs are good and he has no co-morbid health conditions.  He is eighty years old.  It is troubling to me, his caregiver, that he may die of malnutrition.  Could I have done something differently?

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I do not know if you could have done something differently but weight loss occurs commonly in Parkinson and also other neurodegenerative conditions.  Because these conditions affect brain systems important to weight they can sometimes be hard to treat even with increasing calories.

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