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Severe hypophosphataemia in anorexia nervosa.
  1. A. K. Cariem,
  2. E. R. Lemmer,
  3. M. G. Adams,
  4. T. A. Winter,
  5. S. J. O'Keefe
  1. Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory, South Africa.


    In addition to well-described acid-base and electrolyte disturbances, anorexia nervosa may be complicated by severe hypophosphataemia. We report a case of anorexia nervosa complicated by life-threatening hypophosphataemia manifesting as generalized muscle weakness and bulbar muscle dysfunction, resulting in an aspiration pneumonia and cardiorespiratory arrest.

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