Immunological alterations in patients suffering from bulimia nervosa (DSM-IV 307.51) vs anxiety disorders (DSM-IV 300.01, 300.21, 309.81, 300.02)
Alterations of the immunesystem in different kinds of psychiatric disorders are well known in literature in the last two decades. While there is a remarkable impact of these findings for patients suffering from “endogenous psychoses”, the role of the immunesystem in former called “neuroses” is still not clarified. Previous attempts to evaluate these ideas showed a relationship between anxiety disorders and alterations of the immunesystem. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the possible role of the immunesystem (cellular activity, humoral/polyclonal activation) in patients suffering from bulimia nervosa (DSM-IV 307.51) and to compare these data to those of sex and age matched anxiety disorder patients. The significance of immunological alterations in both groups of mental disorders was verified but the causes for these alterations remain unclear and need further research.
KeywordsAnxiety Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Binge Eating Bulimia Nervosa Routine Laboratory Test
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