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Am J Med. 2016 Jan;129(1):30-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.06.031. Epub 2015 Jul 10.

Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.

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1
Eating Recovery Center of Denver, Denver, Colo.
2
Cardiology Division, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, Colo; Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.
3
Eating Recovery Center of Denver, Denver, Colo; Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver; ACUTE at Denver Health, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, Colo. Electronic address: PMehler@dhha.org.

Abstract

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious psychiatric illnesses related to disordered eating and distorted body images. They both have significant medical complications associated with the weight loss and malnutrition of anorexia nervosa, as well as from the purging behaviors that characterize bulimia nervosa. No body system is spared from the adverse sequelae of these illnesses, especially as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa become more severe and chronic. We review the medical complications that are associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, as well as the treatment for the complications. We also discuss the epidemiology and psychiatric comorbidities of these eating disorders.

KEYWORDS:

Anorexia nervosa; Bulimia; Hypokalemia; Medical complications; Osteoporosis

PMID:
26169883
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.06.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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