Weight loss

Causes

Appropriate Tests

 

Unexplained weight loss requires careful clinical assessment for a possible underlying cause.

Malnutrition

 

Malabsorption

 

Occult malignancy, especially

  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Pancreas
  • Lymphoma

See specific malignant disorders

Carcinoma

See Pancreatic neoplasm


 

Gastrointestinal disease

  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Malabsorption

 

Occult infection

See Infection under Pyrexia of unknown origin

Endocrine disease

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hyperthyroidism