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Keywords:

  • anaerobic bacteria;
  • anorexia nervosa;
  • empyema;
  • gas formation;
  • Peptostreptococcus

Abstract

Objective:

Intrathoracic gas formation due to anaerobic pleuropulmonary infection is rare.

Method & Results:

We experienced a case of empyema with intrathoracic gas formation by an anaerobic bacterium in a young woman with anorexia nervosa (AN).

Conclusion:

We should therefore be alert to the possibility of serious infection in patients with AN, even when they have few complaints or normal white blood cell counts. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006