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What are complications of bulimia nervosa?

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Complications of bulimia may include:

  • Erosion of tooth enamel because of repeated exposure to acidic gastric contents
  • Dental cavities
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food
  • Swelling and soreness in the salivary glands (from repeated vomiting)
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Ruptures of the stomach and esophagus
  • Disruption in the normal bowel release function
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart attack (in severe cases)
  • Lower libido (sex drive)
  • Higher risk for suicidal behavior

From: Bulimia Nervosa WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

womenshealth.gov: "Bulimia nervosa fact sheet."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

womenshealth.gov: "Bulimia nervosa fact sheet."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

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