Relation of Race and Sex to the Frequency of Local Tissue Changes Suggestive of Malnutrition

Hillman, R.W.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 10(5): 410-417


DOI: 10.1093/ajcn/10.5.410
Accession: 067394274

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Of 2729 patients of both sexes and all ages examined, 2076 were white, 307 Negro, 328 Puerto Rican and 11 of unidentified ancestry. A separate group of 702 pregnant women, referred chiefly for anaemia or suspected malnutrition, also was examined. The principal associations between race and sex and the occurrence of individual tissue changes, acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, follicular hyperkeratosis, xerosis, conjunctival thickening, marginal blepharitis, dyssebacea, cheilosis, angular stomatitis, glossitis, tongue fissures and gingivitis, were evalued clinically; Hb was estimated in all subjects. Race and, to a lesser extent, sex appeared to be related to the frequency of individual tissue changes, but not to the frequency of the total number of lesions. Pregnancy was not significantly associated with differences in the over-all frequency of tissue changes. E. W. H. Cruickshank.