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An unusual cause of dizziness in bulimia nervosa: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15856497     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The current article describes the case of a 23-year-old female with purging-type bulimia nervosa who was evaluated by her primary care physician for dizziness and lightheadedness. METHODS: After laboratory studies were performed by her primary care physician, the patient was admitted to the hospital because of severe anemia. The patient had been taking nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) at prescribed doses for shin splints that were secondary to jogging and developed gastric erosion. RESULTS: Endoscopic examination showed that she had diffuse gastritis with linear, streaky ulcerations throughout the body of the stomach. DISCUSSION: Lightheadedness is a common clinical symptom among individuals with eating disorders, but is typically related to dehydration, malnutrition, hypometabolism, and/or combinations of these factors. Clinicians need to consider NSAID use, which may cause erosive gastritis, blood loss, and lightheadedness.
Randy A Sansone; Afia Naqvi; Lori A Sansone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0276-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-02     Completed Date:  2005-08-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  364-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / complications*,  diagnosis*
Bulimia / complications*,  diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Dizziness / etiology*
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / complications

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