Anorexia Nervosa - Exams and Tests
There is no single test that can diagnose
anorexia. But this illness has a visible effect on
your health and eating habits.
If your doctor thinks
that you may have an eating disorder, he or she will check you for signs of
malnutrition or starvation. Your doctor may also ask questions
about your mental well-being. It is common for a treatable mental health
problem (such as
obsessive-compulsive disorder) to happen with an
Common exams and tests for a possible eating
medical history of your physical and emotional health,
present and past.
physical exam, including checking your heart, lungs,
blood pressure, weight, mouth, skin, and hair for problems from
- Screening questions about your eating habits and how
you feel about your health.
mental health assessment, to check for depression or
Blood tests, to check for signs of
X-rays, which can show whether your
bones have been weakened (osteopenia) by malnutrition.
If your doctor thinks that you may have organ
damage, doing heart or kidney tests can be helpful.