How is anorexia nervosa diagnosed?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Because an eating disorder is a clinical diagnosis, no definitive diagnostic tests are available for anorexia nervosa. However, given the multi-organ system effects of starvation, a thorough medical evaluation is warranted. Basic tests include the following:

  • Physical and mental status evaluation

  • Complete blood count (CBC)

  • Metabolic panel

  • Urinalysis

  • Pregnancy test (in females of childbearing age)


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