Metabolic acidosis as a marker for laxative abuse in patients with bulimia

James E. Mitchell, Dorothy Hatsukami, Richard L. Pyle, Elke D Eckert, Lana I. Boutacoff

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Patients with bulimia who abuse laxatives as a manifestation of their eating disorder may demonstrate a low serum bicarbonate on routine laboratory screening, suggesting diarrhea‐induced metabolic acidosis. The utility of this finding as a diagnostic marker is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-560
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1987

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