Refeeding syndrome in a young girl with anorexia nervosa

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We report the case of a 20-year-old anorexic girl (BMI=12.9), who was misdiagnosed the first time and developed severe electrolyte imbalances due to lack of awareness about refeeding syndrome. Few cases of RS have been reported in literature and protocols have been suggested for prevention and management of this syndrome, including the awareness of circumstances in which it is most likely to develop, refeeding slowly and building-up micronutrient content over several days. Improved awareness and understanding of refeeding syndrome along with a well-coordinated plan are vital in delivering safe and effective nutritional rehabilitation. We suggest a slow and gradual increase in nutrition along with nutritional counselling and psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S78-S80
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Nutritional rehabilitation
  • Refeeding syndrome


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