Pericardial effusion requiring pericardiocentesis in a girl with anorexia nervosa

Nicoletta Polli, Simonetta Blengino, Mirella Moro, Daniela Zappulli, Massimo Scacchi, Francesco Cavagnini

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Abstract

Objective: 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, Method: 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. Results: It was thus possible to exclude the inflammatory or infectious nature of the pericardial fluid, although the pathogenesis of this cardiac alteration remains obscure. Conclusion: Echocardiographic examination appears to be strongly advisable in patients with anorexia nervosa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-611
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume39
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • BNP
  • Echocardiography
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pericardiocentesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Food Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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