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Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2004 Dec;16(4):515-30.

Eating disorder emergencies: understanding the medical complexities of the hospitalized eating disordered patient.

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Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, IN 46285, USA. drmartinac@aol.com

Abstract

Eating disorders are maladaptive eating behaviors that typically develop in adolescence and early adulthood. Psychiatric maladies and comorbid conditions, especially insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, frequently co-exist with eating disorders. Serious medical complications affecting all organs and tissues can develop and result in numerous emergent hospitalizations. This article reviews the pathophysiologies of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and orthorexia nervosa and discusses the complexities associated with the treatment of medical complications seen in these patients.

PMID:
15571940
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccell.2004.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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