Medical abnormalities in anorexic patients
Women suffering from anorexia nervosa have a high prevalence of problems with the metabolism, blood and skeleton.
Low sodium and potassium levels were each seen in 19.7 per cent of the women, while low potassium known to be associated with purging was seen among women who denied purging behaviour. This may have been because the women were reluctant to admit to purging, but an association between low weight and low potassium levels cannot be ruled out. Other abnormalities included low blood pressure in 16.1 per cent of patients, low body temperature in 22.4 per cent and elevation of liver enzymes, indicative of liver disease, in 12.2 per cent.The findings underscore the importance of medical evaluation of patients with anorexia nervosa along with psychological treatment.
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