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Bulimia nervosa – its prevalence, symptoms and treatment with special attention to oral health

Agata Osińska1, Marta Mozol-Jursza1, Marta Tyszkiewicz-Nwafor1, Agnieszka Słopień1, Elżbieta Paszyńska2

Affiliacja i adres do korespondencji
Pediatr Med Rodz 2016, 12 (3), p. 276–284
DOI: 10.15557/PiMR.2016.0028

Bulimia nervosa is a serious and complex health problem encountered by many professionals, including general practitioners and dentists. The aim of the study was to describe the problem of bulimia (its prevalence, symptoms, special situations, treatment), with particular emphasis on the aspect of the oral health. The paper presents the causes and factors contributing to the disease, diagnostic criteria, the onset and the possible course of the disease, dental and oral mucosa pathologies due to bulimia as well as other comorbidities (including diabetes). The paper is of descriptive nature. The research method was based on the analysis of the available literature on bulimia nervosa supplemented by our own experience. It was concluded based on the analysed sources that appropriate diagnosis and treatment of bulimia nervosa is possible only with the cooperation of many specialists: psychiatrists or paediatric psychiatrists, dentists and general practitioners as well as other doctors if necessary. Psychotherapy is a necessary and integral aspect of treatment. Early treatment onset is essential for good treatment outcomes. Due to the low sense of illness, some patients would never meet a psychiatrist if not for the intervention of a family doctor or a dentist.

Słowa kluczowe
bulimia nervosa, enamel erosion, dentist, diabetes, psychotherapy

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