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J R Soc Med. 1984 March; 77(3): 193–195.
PMCID: PMC1439872

Anorexia nervosa presenting as reversible hypoglycaemic coma.


Hypoglycaemic coma was the presenting feature in two patients with anorexia nervosa, both of whom rapidly regained consciousness following intravenous administration of glucose. This uncommon complication of malnutrition does not appear to have been reported previously in anorexia nervosa.

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