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A puzzling triad: anorexia nervosa, high sweat electrolytes and indication to partial exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Helvetica Paediatrica Acta 38(2): 149-158

A puzzling triad: anorexia nervosa, high sweat electrolytes and indication to partial exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

A girl 15 years old with anorexia nervosa whose sweat electrolytes and pancreatic exocrine function were abnormal during a state of malnutrition is described. Both findings became normal when nutrition improved. The patient had no evidence of disorder known to be associated with an abnormal sweat test, including cystic fibrosis. It is postulated that the increased sweat electrolytes and the pancreatic insufficiency developed in this patient secondary to malnutrition.

Accession: 001039595

PMID: 6603448

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