PHILIP A. LEVIN, M.D.; JAMES M. FALKO, M.D.; KATHARINE DIXON, M.D.; ELIZABETH M. GALLUP, B.S.; WILLIAM SAUNDERS, M.D.
Bulimia is an episodic compulsive urge to overeat often followed by recurrent attempts to lose weight by selfinduced vomiting. Seven young women with this eating disorder and associated benign bilateral painless parotid enlargement are described. The glandular swelling was generally intermittent, with parotid enlargement usually developing 2 to 6 days after a binge overeating episode had stopped. Several had hypokalemic alkalosis and a moderate elevation in serum amylase levels. None had clinical evidence of pancreatitis, and a parotid gland biopsy in one patient was normal. The clinician should be alerted to the association of benign parotid enlargement with this syndrome.
LEVIN PA, FALKO JM, DIXON K, GALLUP EM, SAUNDERS W. Benign Parotid Enlargement in Bulimia. Ann Intern Med. ;93:827–829. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-6-827
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(6):827-829.
Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine and Metabolism, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hospital Medicine, Pancreatic Disease.
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