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Anorexia Nervosa - Complications

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Reeja Tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Feb 14, 2016
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Complications & Problems of Anorexia Nervosa

The complications of Anorexia Nervosa are usually associated due to direct result of weight loss and depression.

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Most of the problems that the patient faces due to Anorexia Nervosa get better when the person recovers from the condition.

It is important to seek professional help at an early stage as many of the serious medical consequences of the condition are often associated with long-term eating problems.

The complications include-

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  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures.
  • Irregular periods.
  • Loss of body hair especially on the scalp.
  • Very low body weight can cause serious medical problems, like-
    • Poor circulation
    • Low blood pressure
    • Brittle bones that can fracture easily
    • Appearance of facial hair
    • Infertility
    • Fainting and dizziness
    • Hair loss
    • Dehydration
    • Kidney damage
    • Low body temperature
  • Certain complications like damage to bones may never improve.
  • Many patients suffering from Anorexia Nervosa die due to the condition. One of the most famous examples is the singer Karen Carpenter who had premature death suffering from the condition.

References:

  1. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (IVth Edition): Oxford University Press,Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou & Philip Cowen.
  2. A Short Textbook of Psychiatry (Vth Edition): Jaypee Brothers,Niraj Ahuja, MD.
  3. Porter, Roy. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity. New York: W.W. Norton; 1997, p. 706
  4. MacLeod, Sheila. The Art of Starvation. London: 1981 [As cited in Turner BS, The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory. Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell; 1984, p. 186].
  5. Gull, William Withey. Anorexia nervosa (apepsia hysterica, anorexia hysterica). Trans Clin Soc Lond. 1874; 7:22-8.
  6. MacLeod, Sheila. The Art of Starvation. London : 1981 [As cited in Turner BS, The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory. Oxford, England : Basil Blackwell; 1984, p. 186].
  7. Porter, Roy. The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity. New York : W.W. Norton; 1997, p. 706
  8. Anorexia Nervosa: The Race For Weight Loss - (http://www.something-fishy.org/whatarethey/anorexia.php)

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Why teens are more prone to this condition?

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