Eating Disorders and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Division of Dentistry, Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ 07079-2689, USA.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 0.58). 11/2010; 22(4):511-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.coms.2010.07.008
Source: PubMed


Perhaps the most challenging of all patients seeking treatment with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) are those with eating disorders (EDs). Complex psychiatric illnesses, with their associated and significant medical sequelae, make a thorough knowledge of these disorders critical in the approach, evaluation, treatment planning, and surgical outcome in this expanding population of patients. Whether surgery for patients with EDs is elective in nature or unplanned, challenges are faced in all aspects of their care, from diagnosis to preoperative preparation, surgery, and treatment. This article identifies and outlines issues of importance for the OMS when encountering patients with known or suspected EDs and provides guidance in the management of their outpatient or inpatient treatment.

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