Anorexia Nervosa

Clinical Presentation of Bacteremia in Anorexia Nervosa

Advances in Clinical and Medical Sciences
By Leah Puckett, MD, MPH Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS

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Objective: To better understand the presentation of bacteremia in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). Method: In this retrospective study, 10 patients with AN and bacteremia were compared to 10 AN patients without bacteremia.

Results: Patients with bacteremia had significantly elevated tachycardia and fever compared to the control group but respiratory rate, white blood cell count, and blood pressure remained similar between the two groups. Systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria (SIRS) and quick sequential organ failure assessment (qSOFA) were not useful tools in predicting severe infection in the studied population.

Conclusions: Patients with AN may not manifest the typical physiologic changes associated with a severe infection, and current scoring assessments may be unhelpful in clinical decision-making.

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Leah Puckett, MD, MPH

Dr. Leah Puckett has been with ACUTE as a hospitalist since 2018. Dr. Puckett is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her…
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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…
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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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