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Friability

Introduction Friability is a physiological state characterized by increased vulnerability to stressors caused by decreased physiologic reserves. It is an endpoint of multiple disease processes Aetiology Multifactorial Lack of physical exercise and undernutrition play major roles Clinical features Symptoms Anorexia Fatigue Inactivity Weakness Weight loss Signs Abnormalities of gait and balance Deconditioning (loss of physical …

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Falls

Introduction A fall is to inadvertently come to rest on the ground or lower level with or without loss of consciousness or injury. The diagnosis excludes falls associated with intrinsic events e.g. seizures, stroke or syncope, or falls from overwhelming environmental hazards. It may be an atypical presentation of acute illness in an older adult. …

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