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Table 2 Clinical and laboratory characteristics of 400 SAM children

From: Thymus size and its correlates among children admitted with severe acute malnutrition: a cross-sectional study in Uganda

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Clinical presentation
 History
  Sick for > 2 weeks 260 (65)
  Severity of sickness VAS b 6 (± 2)
  Fever 211 (53)
  Cough 262 (66)
 Examination
  Oedema 263 (66)
  Oral thrush 84 (21)
  Dermatosis 27 (7)
 Diagnosis
  Diarrhoea 244 (61)
  Pneumonia 68 (17)
  Suspected tuberculosis 76 (19)
  Suspected septicaemia 96 (24)
  HIV status
   Positive 43 (11)
   Exposed, negative 72 (18)
   Unexposed, Negative 252 (63)
Blood tests  
  C-Reactive Protein, mg/l (N = 352)
   < 5 92 (26)
   5–15 80 (23)
   > 15 180 (51)
  Leucocytes, x109/L (N = 298)
   Total lymphocytes 6 (± 2.9)
   Total neutrophils 5 (± 5.0)
  Haemoglobin, g/dl (N = 298) 9 (± 2.2)
  1. a Data presented as frequencies (%) or as mean (± standard deviation). For some categorical variables, numbers do not add up due to missing data.
  2. b Evaluated by the child’s caregiver on a visual analogue scale from 0 to 10