Dissociative episode secondary to hypoglycemic state in anorexia nervosa: A case report

Authors

  • Musa Ramli MMed,

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, Kulliyyah of Medicine, International Islamic University, Bandar Indera Mahkota, 25200, Kuantan, Pahang Malaysia
    • Department of Psychiatry, Kulliyyah of Medicine, International Islamic University, Bandar Indera Mahkota, 25200, Kuantan, Pahang Malaysia
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  • Almashoor Syed Hassan MRC,

    1. Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
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  • Sarkarsi Rosnani RN

    1. Medical Department, Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Abstract

Objective:

Hypoglycemic attack had been reported as one of the medical complications in anorexia nervosa.

Method:

We present a 25-year-old man who was diagnosed earlier with anorexia nervosa, presented with an episode of dissociative state during which he was caught for shoplifting.

Results:

In the history, he had a few episodes of fainting spells, which are most possibly due to hypoglycemia. There was no evidence to suggest any misdeeds to support that the stealing was intentional.

Discussion:

Hypoglycemic attack may be common in anorexia nervosa, but this is a rare case with medico-legal implication. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009

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