Pellagra: a rare complication of anorexia nervosa

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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.

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This work was supported by grant 2M7/N/2005 from The Medical University of Warszaw.

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Correspondence to Gabriela Jagielska MD, PhD.

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Jagielska, G., Tomaszewicz-Libudzic, C. & Brzozowska, A. Pellagra: a rare complication of anorexia nervosa. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 16, 417–420 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-007-0613-4

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Keywords

  • anorexia nervosa
  • pellagra
  • niacin