Failure to Thrive (FTT)

Decline in physiologic functioning due to the congential abnormalities, the disease process or natural process of aging.

Although it’s been recognized for more than a century, failure to thrive lacks a precise definition, in part because it describes a condition rather than a specific disease.

Weight loss or gradual but steady deterioration in weight gain as compared with the expected growth, as indicated in a child’s growth chart, adult or senior’s expected body mass index.

Some possible causes diagramed below:

If decline continues, death may result.


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