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Keywords:

  • bulimia;
  • swallowing;
  • dental erosion

Abstract

Objective

To determine whether there is evidence of a relationship between bulimia and abnormalities in swallowing function.

Method

Literature review across a variety of professional areas concerning the physiological effects of bulimia on oropharyngeal swallow structures and function.

Results

Investigations of bulimic subjects have identified abnormalities in the oral cavity and oropharynx including dental erosion, changes in taste, tissue manifestations, and potential motility disorders that could impact swallowing function.

Discussion

While there is cause for concern regarding the effects of repeated self-induced vomiting behavior in bulimic subjects on swallowing function, more research is needed. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30: 252–258, 2001.