Which changes in vital signs suggest anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Vital sign changes found in patients with anorexia nervosa include hypotension, bradycardia, and hypothermia. Other changes include the following: [1]

  • Dry skin

  • Hypercarotenemia

  • Lanugo body hair

  • Acrocyanosis

  • Atrophy of the breasts

  • Swelling of the parotid and submandibular glands

  • Peripheral edema

  • Thinning hair

Patients with purging behavior may have callouses to the dorsum of their dominant hand and dental enamel erosion.


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