Liver function test abnormalities in anorexia nervosa—Cause or effect
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 378–381, May 2010
How to Cite
Narayanan, V., Gaudiani, J. L., Harris, R. H. and Mehler, P. S. (2010), Liver function test abnormalities in anorexia nervosa—Cause or effect. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 378–381. doi: 10.1002/eat.20690
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 MAR 2009
- anorexia nervosa;
- liver function tests;
Two females with severe anorexia nervosa (BMI of 10) were seen with marked abnormalities in their liver function tests before the initiation of refeeding. These paradoxically resolved with progressive refeeding and weight restoration.
Clinical observation during regimented medical stabilization and refeeding of two patients with severe anorexia nervosa with frequent monitoring of liver function tests.
Normalization of liver function tests ensued as caloric intake increased and weight gain progressed.
Although classically liver function test elevations occur during refeeding, as a manifestation of excessive calories and fat deposition in the liver, they may also be elevated due to severe malnutrition before refeeding has commenced and improved as refeeding occurs. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010