Gastric outlet obstruction masquerading as anorexia nervosa

J Clin Psychiatry. 1989 May;50(5):184-5.


A 30-year-old Chinese housewife presenting with what appeared to be late-onset anorexia nervosa was subsequently found to have peptic ulcer disease complicated by gastric outlet obstruction. Surgical treatment led to rapid improvement of body weight but not immature personality. Extra caution should be exercised in the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa presenting with atypical features in a community in which that condition is rare.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis*
  • Body Weight
  • China / ethnology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Duodenal Ulcer / complications
  • Female
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Personality Disorders / complications
  • Pyloric Stenosis / diagnosis*
  • Pyloric Stenosis / etiology