Concordance between changes in calf circumference and muscle mass exists: A narrative literature review

Signe Skovgaard Hansen*, Tina Munk*, Anne Wilkens Knudsen*, Anne Marie Beck*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

Abstract

Technological methods such as BIA or DXA are not always accessible in clinical practice, thus GLIM supports the use of calf circumference measurements to examine muscle mass. However, it has not been described if measurements of calf circumference can detect a change in muscle mass to the same degree as the technological methods. The aim of this study was to assess, whether changes in calf circumference can be used as a valid proxy for changes in muscle mass. 10 studies including measurements of muscle mass by calf circumference and technological methods at baseline and follow-up were identified through a narrative literature review. Results were used to determine concordance between measurements. Predominantly concordance between changes in calf circumference and muscle mass assessed by BIA or DXA was reviled. However, the results were not uniform for hospitalized patients or older adults as groups. Thus, uncertainty whether changes in calf circumference can be used as a valid proxy for changes in muscle mass in these groups still exist.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftClinical Nutrition ESPEN
Vol/bind59
Sider (fra-til)171-175
Antal sider5
ISSN2405-4577
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2024

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