Medical complications of anorexia nervosa and their treatments: an update on some critical aspects

  • Carrie Brown
  • Philip S. MehlerEmail author


Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Many of the deaths are attributable to medical complications which arise as the malnutrition and weight loss worsens. Every body system may be adversely affected by anorexia nervosa. Yet, remarkably, most of the medical complications of anorexia nervosa are treatable and reversible with optimal medical care, as part of a multidisciplinary team who are often involved in the care of these patients. Herein, we will describe the medical complications of anorexia nervosa and their treatments.


Anorexia nervosa Medical complications Body systems Cardiac Osteoporosis 


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Conflict of interest

Dr. Philip S. Mehler and Dr. Carrie Brown declare that they have no significant competing financial, professional or personal interests that might have influenced the performance or presentation of the work described in this manuscript.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine and ACUTE at Denver HealthDenverUSA
  2. 2.Eating Recovery CenterDenverUSA

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