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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 410-412

Transient eating problems in an adolescent without body image disturbances: A diagnostic quandary

Department of Psychiatry, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Susanta Kumar Padhy
Department of Psychiatry, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.122244

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Eating problems are commonly encountered in childhood and adolescents, and may be manifestation of a variety of psychiatric disorders when medical causes are excluded. We present the case of a young lady presenting with problems of eating which presented with difficulties of ascribing a diagnostic label for eating problems. The patient, a 12-year-old girl with history suggestive of mild mental retardation and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy presented with selective eating of foodstuffs which improved spontaneously in 2 months. The different diagnostic possibilities entertained for the case are discussed.

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