alexa Severe Complication and Shoplifting Behavior in a Young Man with Atypical Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report
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Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System
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Case Report

Severe Complication and Shoplifting Behavior in a Young Man with Atypical Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report

Lu YR1, Yuan Y1 and Lin Z2*

1Department of Psychiatry, The Fourth Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, China

2Department of Psychiatry, Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, China

*Corresponding Author:
Zheng Lin M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, The Fourth Affiliated Hospital
School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, 88 Jiefang Road
Hangzhou, 310009, Zhejiang, China
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Received date: September 03, 2015 Accepted date: December 04, 2015 Published date: December 15, 2015

Citation: Lu YR, Yuan Y, Lin Z (2015) Severe Complication and Shoplifting Behavior in a Young Man with Atypical Anorexia Nervosa: A Case Report. J Gastrointest Dig Syst 5:372. doi:10.4172/2161-069X.1000372

Copyright: © 2015 Lu YR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder characterized by excessive restriction on food intake and irrational fear of gaining weight, often accompanied by a distorted body self-perception. It is rare among men. We report a case of a 20-year-old man who presented with gradual loss of weight and recurrent episodes of vomiting. Several biochemical and hormonal alterations, multiple medical complications, and cortical atrophy were ascertained. During hospitalization, he was at high risk due to those life-threatening severe refeeding syndrome. Furosemide and human serum albumin were used to control the refeeding syndrome, which achieved a rapid and significant curative effect. Body weight significantly gained, and the patient was discharged with various stable parameters. One year later, he was caught for shoplifting. There was no evidence suggesting any misdeeds to support that the stealing was intentional. The aim of this report was to remind us pay more attention to the male AN. A greater awareness of this condition in the male may lead to an early diagnosis and therapy for reducing morbidity and mortality.


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