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date: 22 October 2019

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Medical complications are commonly found in patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. In the case of anorexia nervosa, the complications are a direct result of weight loss and malnutrition and can affect every body system. As weight loss becomes more severe and the disorder becomes increasingly chronic, there is an increased likelihood for the development of medical complications. Bulimia nervosa also has many medical complications. In general, they relate to the mode and frequency of purging behaviors, which are inherent to the illness. Many of them are serious and thus contribute to the excess morbidity and mortality that exists in patients with bulimia nervosa. This chapter will discuss the medical complications that occur as a consequence of anorexia nervosa including the purging subtype, and bulimia nervosa.

Keywords: gastrointestinal, bone marrow, cardiac, osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, hormone

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