Pericardial effusion requiring pericardiocentesis in a girl with anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2006
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 7, pages 609–611, November 2006
How to Cite
Polli, N., Blengino, S., Moro, M., Zappulli, D., Scacchi, M. and Cavagnini, F. (2006), Pericardial effusion requiring pericardiocentesis in a girl with anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 39: 609–611. doi: 10.1002/eat.20307
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 25 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 MAR 2006
- anorexia nervosa;
- pericardial effusion;
Silent pericardial effusion is frequently observed in patients with anorexia nervosa. The nature of the pericardial fluid could never be established, as pericardiocentesis was ethically unfeasible.
We describe the case of a girl with anorexia nervosa in whom an initial, clinically irrelevant pericardial effusion increased rapidly, making pericardiocentesis necessary to prevent cardiac tamponade.
It was thus possible to exclude the inflammatory or infectious nature of the pericardial fluid, although the pathogenesis of this cardiac alteration remains obscure.
Echocardiographic examination appears to be strongly advisable in patients with anorexia nervosa. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006