Unintentional weight loss: what radiologists need to know and what clinicians want to know

The purpose of this review is to provide a guide for radiologists and other clinicians to understand the imaging modalities and laboratory studies involved in the diagnosis and treatment of Unintentional weight loss and the evidence supporting their routine use

Sanjay Rao; Elias George Kikano; Daniel Arnold Smith; Ezgi Guler; Sree Harsha Tirumani; Nikhil H. Ramaiya

2021

Scholarcy highlights

  • Unintentional weight loss is a common presenting symptom with a wide differential diagnosis
  • The purpose of this review is to provide a guide for radiologists and other clinicians to understand the imaging modalities and laboratory studies involved in the diagnosis and treatment of UWL and the evidence supporting their routine use
  • Imaging studies are crucial in the diagnosis of unintentional weight loss, with regard to evaluating for the presence of malignancy
  • It is important for both the radiologist and other clinicians to understand the relative prevalence of the various causes of UWL and the utility of different imaging modalities in diagnosis and management
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  • Imaging Rao, S., Kikano, E.G., Smith, D.A. et al Unintentional weight loss: what radiologists need to know and what clinicians want to know

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