The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2014 , Vol 56 , Num 5
A Case of Anorexia Nervosa with Multiple Medical Complications
Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Received: 15 January 2014, Accepted: 15 April 2014
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. Although AN is a psychiatric illness, it is also very important from a pediatric perspective, as it can cause major medical complications in every organ system in the growing and developing body. The medical complications of anorexia nervosa may endanger the patient in several ways, and the severity of medical complications may be underestimated. Pediatricians should be aware of the possibility of medical complications in adolescent patients who have an eating disorder and understand that, if not managed correctly, such complications may be fatal. This case report describes the vast number of medical complications that can be observed in an adolescent due to an eating disorder. Keywords : adolescent health, anorexia nervosa, blood, bone mineral density, cardiovascular, medical complication.
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