Bulimia Nervosa

Medical complications of bulimia nervosa

Eating Behaviors
By Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS


Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a prevalent illness. There are multiple different medical complications that impact the overall treatment plan and prognosis of these patients. Practitioners should be alert for medical complications that are a direct result of the mode of purging behavior utilized by the bulimic patient. The treatment will proceed most smoothly if the primary care physician and the mental health professional work collaboratively and have clear and frequent communication.

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…

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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