Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Body surface area mesurement

Various formulas exist to estimate the body surface area, the simplest one being that published by Mosteller in the NEJM in 1987. The formula goes like this. . .

The reference value for an adult is considered to be 1.73 m².
A proteinuria of at least 3.5 g/ day/1.73 m² BSA is considered diagnostic for nephrotic syndrome. 


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