Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with anorexia nervosa?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Bettina E Bernstein, DO; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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The approach to the treatment of individuals with anorexia nervosa is multidisciplinary. Consultations with specialists in adolescent medicine, nutrition, psychiatry or behavioral-developmental pediatrics, and psychology may be required.

Most cases of anorexia nervosa encountered in the emergency department (ED) will be appropriate for outpatient management if close, planned follow-up is arranged prior to discharge. Consultation with the pediatrician or primary care physician is necessary to arrange follow-up. Urgency of follow-up depends on the patient's condition and how soon the laboratory study results will need to be reevaluated.

Psychiatric consultation in the ED should be considered for patients expressing suicidality, psychosis, or severely disordered thinking. Outpatient psychiatric follow-up is necessary and may be arranged either from the ED or by the primary care provider.

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