Anorexia Nervosa

Cardiac Tamponade in Anorexia Nervosa: An Argument for Conservative Management

Annals of Case Reports
By Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Pericardial effusion is a commonly encountered cardiac complication of malnutrition. Pericardial effusion can rarely progress to cardiac tamponade, a condition of cardiovascular collapse that typically requires emergent surgical intervention. Previously published case reports of cardiac tamponade in anorexia nervosa have involved surgical intervention but this case report is the first to describe conservative management with a successful outcome.

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Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS

Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS serves as the Clinical Operations Director at ACUTE. Dr. Gibson joined ACUTE in 2017 and has since dedicated his clinical efforts to the life-saving medical care of…
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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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