Autophonia in anorexia nervosa

Authors

  • Meghana Godbole MBBS, DCP, MRCPsych,

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    1. MRCPsych, Specialty Trainee, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
    • Specialty Trainee, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom
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  • Adrienne Key MB ChB, MRCPsych

    1. MRCPsych, Lead Consultant Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Unit, Priory Hospital, Roehampton, United Kingdom
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Abstract

Objective:

To increase awareness among clinicians treating otolaryngologic symptoms in very low weight anorexic patients.

Method:

Focused clinical examination on admission and regular physical assessments during in-patient stay was conducted and symptoms compared with other in-patients on the eating disorders unit.

Results:

Notable improvement in otolaryngological symptoms on gaining weight.

Discussion:

Ward based clinical examination revealed a normal tympanic membrane in our very low weight anorexic patients. Our results emphasise the possibility of loss of fatty tissue surrounding the Eustachian tube to be the primary cause for their otolaryngological symptoms. We have attempted to increase awareness among clinicians treating anorexic patients with similar symptoms. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010

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