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Eating disorders in children and young people

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5245 (Published 07 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5245
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Re: Eating disorders in children and young people

We saw the articles in last week’s BMJ.
Significantly, in the differential diagnosis, they failed to mention Addison’s disease. All three of us have seen patients with Addison’s disease presenting with severe weight loss and two of us have seen patients missed diagnosed with anorexia, one with fatal consequences.
This remains a very important and missed diagnosis with, as above, potentially fatal consequences. This omission should be rectified.
Ref.Addison’s disease, BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2385 (Published 02 July 2009). BMJ 2009;339:b2385
Yours faithfully,
John Wass, Professor of Endocrinology, University of Oxford
John Newell-Price, Professor of Endocrinology, University of Sheffield
Wiebke Arlt, Professor of Endocrinology, University of Birmingham

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 January 2018
John AH Wass
Professor of Endocrinology
John Newell-Price, Professor of Endocrinology, University of Sheffield / Wiebke Arlt, Professor of Endocrinology, University of Birmingham
Oxford University