Iron metabolism and haematological changes in anorexia nervosa: an adult case report

  • Aynur Gormez
  • Ayse Kurtulmus
  • Ismet Kirpinar
Case Report


Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder characterized by restriction of energy intake leading to significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental trajectory, and physical health. Some lose weight by following strictly low calorie diet and doing heavy exercise (restricting type), and others will also engage in binge eating followed by purgative behaviour (binge eating/ purging type). The prevalence of AN in the community is estimated to be about 0.3–1%, and it is ten times more often in females than in males. AN is associated with significant medical morbidity. The mortality rate of AN is 5–6% which is the highest mortality rate among psychiatric illnesses [1].

Approximately in one-third of patients, peripheral blood cell count reveals some abnormalities [2]. They usually tend to be mild to moderate in severity but could be very severe in some patients mimicking a serious haematological disorder or necessitating blood transfusion. A recent study...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryIstanbul Medeniyet UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBezmialem Vakif UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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