Anorexia Nervosa

Abdominal Pain Associated With Anorexia Nervosa and Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome: A Rare Condition Shadowed by a Postoperative Conversion Disorder

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) is an often discounted and vexing condition that may go unnoticed in a population of patients with complex comorbid conditions or those with poor psychiatric health. We report a unique case of a patient with anorexia nervosa in whom the successful operation for MALS was briefly complicated by a postoperative conversion disorder.

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Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Dr. Philip S. Mehler began his career at Denver Health more than 35 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine and then Denver Health’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) until he was promoted…

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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