The Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Their Treatments

Author(s): Jennifer McBride, Kristine Walsh, Philip S. Mehler

Journal Name: Current Women`s Health Reviews

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2015

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Anorexia nervosa is a chronic mental health disorder associated with multiple medical complications. Intensive preoccupation with body weight and shape are the hallmarks of anorexia nervosa as defined by DSM-5. As a result of malnutrition and weight loss there develop major organ dysfunction and complications. No body system is immune to the ravages of this illness despite the typically young age of those affected. Most unfortunately, some of these complications are known now to be irreversible. However, the vast majority of these complications are reversible with timely and effective services. These patients are often co-managed by an internist and a mental health professional. Thus, the need for familiarity with the medical complications associated with anorexia nervosa.

Keywords: Amenorrhea, anorexia nervosa, medical complications, osteoporosis.

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Article Details

Year: 2015
Page: [143 - 151]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/157340481102151218123528
Price: $65

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