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Int J Eat Disord. 2000 Jan;27(1):119-22.

Anorexia nervosa and celiac disease: two case reports.

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  • 1Psychiatric Unit, Department of Neurologic and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.



Anorexia nervosa (AN) has been reported to be associated with several chronic medical illnesses. In this study, we report two cases of women suffering from AN and celiac disease. The former received the diagnosis of celiac disease before the onset of the eating disorder. For the latter, the diagnosis of celiac disease followed that of AN. Authors discuss the complex relationships between celiac disease and AN. They suggest that in the first case the dietary restriction could act as a trigger for the eating disorder, whereas in the second case, the onset of celiac disease could have exacerbated the clinical symptoms of AN.

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