Anorexia nervosa in gastrointestinal practice.
ABSTRACT To characterize the demographic, psychosocial and prognostic features of patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) presenting to a gastroenterology service, and to compare them with patients presenting to an eating disorders unit.
A retrospective study set in two centres providing a local and tertiary service for gastroenterology and eating disorders. The notes of 20 consecutive patients with AN from each centre were compared. Comparison was made with a control group of 20 consecutive patients with slow transit constipation presenting to a gastroenterology service.
Patients with AN who presented to a gastroenterology service were significantly older, had often seen a large number of hospital specialists, had a spectrum of gastrointestinal complaints, suffered a substantial delay in being diagnosed, and had undergone a significantly greater number of investigations and hospital admissions than AN patients attending an eating disorders unit. The parents of AN patients presenting to a gastroenterology clinic had a greater burden of physical and psychiatric illness than the parents in either of the other groups, and also tended to have separated when the patients were under the age of 10 years. Adverse prognostic factors among AN patients presenting to a gastroenterology clinic included older age at presentation, long history, unemployment, early parental separation and a body mass index less than 17.
Patients with AN presenting to a gastroenterology service have profound psychosocial morbidity in excess of those presenting to a specialist eating disorders unit. Their diagnosis is often delayed. Early recognition and prompt referral to a specialist eating disorder unit should form the basis of management.
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ABSTRACT: Background and AimBehavioral therapy is effective in patients with chronic intractable constipation despite standard treatment, but long-term results in unselected patients are unclear. This study investigates the effects of behavioral therapy on symptoms, subjective well-being and physical and mental quality of life.Methods Patients who had failed standard care for idiopathic chronic constipation underwent behavioral therapy in a specialist clinic. Symptom severity and quality of life were assessed before and after therapy using the “constipation scoring system” and SF-36 questionnaire. The primary outcome was subjective perception of improvement. Secondary outcomes were symptoms of constipation and quality of life scores.ResultsOf 233 consecutive patients with self-reported constipation (median symptom duration 5-10 years, median age 44 years, females 86%), 180 (77%) completed treatment in a median of 3 (range 1 - 7) sessions. One-hundred and sixty-five patients (71% of all referrals or 92% of those completing treatment) reported subjective improvement. Median bowel frequency improved from once every 2-7 days to 1-3 per day (p=0.05). Pain and bloating improved in more than 80% of patients. SF-36 physical (p < 0.05) and mental (p < 0.05) composite scores improved significantly. Patients with a longer duration of symptoms were less likely to complete treatment. Digital evacuation prior to treatment was a predictor of poor outcome.Conclusion Behavioural therapy is associated with significant improvement in symptoms of chronic constipation and quality of life. Non-drug therapies that successfully treat patients with functional gut disorders resistant to standard treatment are needed in the mainstream provision of care.Internal Medicine Journal 06/2014; 44(9). DOI:10.1111/imj.12490 · 1.70 Impact Factor
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