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Pericardial effusion in three cases of anorexia nervosa

Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2008;51(2):209-213.
Published online February 15, 2008.
Pericardial effusion in three cases of anorexia nervosa
Young Kuk Cho1, Su Jin Yang2, Jae Sook Ma1
1Department of Pediatrics, Chonnam National University Medical School and Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Gwangju, Korea
2Department of Psychiatry, Chonnam National University Medical School and Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Gwangju, Korea
심장막삼출을 동반한 신경성 식욕부진 3예
조영국1, 양수진2, 마재숙1
1전남대학교 의과대학 의과학연구소 소아과학교실
2전남대학교 의과대학 의과학연구소 정신과학교실
Correspondence: 
Jae Sook Ma, Email: cardiol@jnu.ac.kr
Abstract
In young adolescent girls, anorexia nervosa is a significant cause of weight loss, and hospital admissions among children and adolescents. Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening disorder, with about one-third of deaths caused by cardiac complications. A high rate of pericardial effusion has been recently reported in patients with anorexia nervosa, although relatively few cases require pericardiocentesis. Here, we describe three patients with anorexia nervosa who were diagnosed with large pericardial effusions. To prevent cardiac tamponade, pericardiocentesis was performed in two girls.
Key Words: Pericardial effusion, Anorexia nervosa, Cardiac tamponade


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