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An unusual case of an atypical eating disorder masquerading as a serious multi-systemic illness

Mehta, A; Viner, R; Christie, D; Newson, T; Dattani, MT; (2004) An unusual case of an atypical eating disorder masquerading as a serious multi-systemic illness. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics , 93 (5) pp. 714-716. 10.1080/08035250410025005.

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Abstract

An early diagnosis and multidisciplinary team approach are mandatory in the management of eating disorders. Serious organic symptoms and nutritional effects can mimic a systemic illness, particularly in those with atypical presentations. A 15-y-old adolescent male presented with poor growth, low weight, abdominal pain and yellow pigmentation. Further bizarre multi-system symptomatology resulted in a protracted admission with multiple investigations. An initial diagnosis of teratoma proved negative on abdominal laparotomy. A multidisciplinary approach followed by a feeding challenge led to the diagnosis of an eating disorder. The disorder, although more common in girls and adolescents, is increasing in incidence in both males and younger children. Conclusion: Atypical eating disorders are potentially serious and life-threatening illnesses, and paediatricians and psychologists should be aware of unusual presentations.

Type: Article
Title: An unusual case of an atypical eating disorder masquerading as a serious multi-systemic illness
DOI: 10.1080/08035250410025005
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > ICH Genetics and Genomic Medicine Prog
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > ICH Pop, Policy and Practice Prog
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/150980
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