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A client is admitted to the emergency department after being found unconscious. Her blood pressure is 82/50 mm Hg. She is 5′ 4" (1.6 m) tall, weighs 79 lb (35.8 kg), and appears dehydrated and emaciated. After regaining consciousness, she reports that she has had trouble eating lately and can't remember what she ate in the last 24 hours. She also states that she has had amenorrhea for the past year. She is convinced she is fat and refuses food. The nurse suspects that she has:



A. Bulimia nervosa.
B. Anorexia nervosa.
C. Depression
D. Schizophrenia
Asked by Alderney, Last updated: Feb 18, 2020

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

Anorexia nervosa.- anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by self-imposed starvation with subsequent emaciation, nutritional deficiencies, and atrophic and metabolic changes. typically, the client is hypotensive and dehydrated. depending on the severity of the disorder, anorexic clients are at risk for circulatory collapse (indicated by hypotension), dehydration, and death. bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting. although depression may be accompanied by weight loss, it isnt characterized by a body image disturbance or the intense fear of obesity seen in anorexia nervosa. schizophrenia may cause bizarre eating patterns, but it rarely causes the full syndrome of anorexia nervosa
 

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