DAVID G. MEYERS, M.D.; HELEN STARKE, M.D.; PAUL H. PEARSON, M.D., M.P.H.; MARLENE K. WILKEN, R.N., M.N.
Mitral valve prolapse occurs frequently in patients with anorexia nervosa (1, 2). We have confirmed this association and identified one of its causes.
We examined 28 consecutive female patients who met the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (3): weight loss of more than 25%, refusal to maintain weight, intense fear of obesity, distorted body image, and absence of organic disease causing weight loss. Twenty-eight women of normal weight were selected as controls. Patients and controls were matched by age (mean ±SD, 22 ±8 compared with 21+4 yrs) and height (157 ±7 compared with 159 ±6 cm). Weights differed between the
DAVID G. MEYERS, HELEN STARKE, PAUL H. PEARSON, MARLENE K. WILKEN. Mitral Valve Prolapse in Anorexia Nervosa. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:384–386. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-384
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):384-386.
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