Failure to Thrive Synthesized Literature

Is there evidence to support admission versus outpatient management of a patient with FTT?

What is the utility of laboratory workup in a patient with FTT?

What patients are considered at risk for RFS?

What frequency of labs should be obtained in a patient at risk for RFS?


These guidelines do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare guidelines for each. Accordingly these guidelines should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.

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