Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa and Total Parenteral Nutrition

International Journal of Eating Disorders
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Anorexia nervosa can have a devastating outcome. There is a high rate of treatment failures and recidivism among anorectic patients. Further, it is generally accepted that unless one can effectuate a significant weight gain in these patients, treatment is even more likely to fail. Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) offers an alternative mode of treatment to be used in the armamentarium to successfully treat anorexia nervosa.

Written by

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…

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