Investigation of unintentional weight lossBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2737 (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2737
- Jonathan Tyrrell-Price, specialist registrar, gastroenterology1,
- Anwen Hills, foundation year 1 trainee1,
- Alison Varey, foundation year 1 trainee 1
- 1Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary’s Hospital, London W2 1NY, UK
McMinn and colleagues suggest history, examination, chest radiography, and faecal occult blood testing for initial investigation of unintentional weight loss in elderly patients.1 Given that 13% of this population will have gastrointestinal cancer,1 the sensitivity of anaemia, C reactive protein, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in this population would be helpful.
We performed 116 oesophagogastroduodenoscopies for indications including weight loss, 58 for isolated weight loss. …