Weak appetite can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose weak appetite, we could:
|Anorexia/Starvation Tendency||5%||Ruled out|
|Congestive Heart Failure||0%||Ruled out|
How strong is your appetite (desire to eat) generally?
Possible responses:→ Very weak - I eat infrequently and small amounts
→ Average / don't know
→ Very strong - I rarely miss an opportunity to eat
Accumulation of fluid (due to congestive heart failure) in the liver and intestines may cause nausea, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite.
Intense hunger is a sign of Diabetes I.
Loss of appetite is an early sign of fluorosis.
In more severe cases there may be loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, confusion or impaired thinking and memory, and increased thirst and urination.
Hunger is a symptom of hypoglycemia.
Loss of appetite is a possible symptom of kidney disease.
Loss of appetite and weight loss can occur with AML, CLL or CML.
As nephrotic syndrome progresses, appetite is greatly decreased.
A heavy pinworm infection can cause loss of appetite.