Autophonia in Anorexia Nervosa


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Abstract

Objective:To increase awareness among clinicians treating otolaryngologic symptoms in very low weight anorexic patients.Method:Focused clinical examination on admission and regular physical assessments during in-patient stay was conducted and symptoms compared with other in-patients on the eating disorders unit.Results:Notable improvement in otolaryngological symptoms on gaining weight.Discussion:Ward based clinical examination revealed a normal tympanic membrane in our very low weight anorexic patients. Our results emphasise the possibility of loss of fatty tissue surrounding the Eustachian tube to be the primary cause for their otolaryngological symptoms. We have attempted to increase awareness among clinicians treating anorexic patients with similar symptoms.

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