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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 417-420

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Pellagra: a rare complication of anorexia nervosa

  • Gabriela JagielskaAffiliated withDepartment of Child Psychiatry, Medical University of Warszaw Email author 
  • , Celina Elżbieta Tomaszewicz-LibudzicAffiliated withDepartment of Child Psychiatry, Medical University of Warszaw
  • , Agata BrzozowskaAffiliated withDepartment of Child Psychiatry, Medical University of Warszaw

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Abstract

Pellagra is a potentially fatal, nutritional disease with cutaneous, gastrointestinal, and neuropsychiatric manifestations. Because of the diversity of pellagra’s signs and symptoms, diagnosis is difficult without an appropriate index of suspicion. A case of pellagra in a 14-year-old girl with anorexia nervosa is presented. Signs and symptoms of pellagra were resolved after niacin therapy and dietary treatment.

Keywords

anorexia nervosa pellagra niacin