Revista argentina de dermatología
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LEROUX, MB. Manifestaciones muco cutáneas en anorexia nerviosa: Mucous and cutaneous manifestations of the anorexia nervosa. Rev. argent. dermatol. [online]. 2012, vol.93, n.3, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1851-300X.
Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric disease with an increasing incidence in the last decade, which affects principally adolescents and young women. Clinical signs are a consequence of malnutrition and the compensating mechanisms implemented to preserve life. Skin and oral lesions are caused by malnutrition, self-provoked vomiting, illegal drug consumption or therapeutic drugs utilization, and the psychiatric disease so far. Case reports: ten patients (eight females and two males) with possible skin alterations due to anorexia nervosa, aged 17 to 32 yr. The most frequent signs, in order of priority were: acrocyanosis, alopecia, acne, xerodermia, pallor, hirsutism, oral injuries and self provoked injuries. We propose that the finding of these skin lesions plus an exhaustive questionnaire could aid to diagnose this eating disorder.
Palabras clave : Anorexia nervosa; Malnutrition; Acrocyanosis; Alopecia; Xerodermia.