Anorexia nervosa and total parenteral nutrition

Int J Eat Disord. 1993 Nov;14(3):297-304. doi: 10.1002/1098-108x(199311)14:3<297::aid-eat2260140308>;2-x.


Anorexia nervosa can have a devastating outcome. There is a high rate of treatment failures and recidivism among anorectic patients. Further, it is generally accepted that unless one can effectuate a significant weight gain in these patients, treatment is even more likely to fail. Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) offers an alternative mode of treatment to be used in the armamentarium to successfully treat anorexia nervosa.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / physiopathology
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
  • Anorexia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Energy Intake / physiology
  • Energy Metabolism / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Total / methods*
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Total / psychology
  • Phosphates / blood
  • Recurrence


  • Phosphates