Low Prealbumin is a Significant Predictor of Medical Complications in Severe Anorexia Nervosa

Volume 47, Issue 2

About the Course:

Prealbumin levels have been proven to correlate with hospital length of stay, wound healing, infection rates, and mortality in adults hospitalized for medical or surgical purposes, or those who have chronic illnesses. Little is known about the utility of prealbumin evaluation in adults with severe anorexia nervosa (AN).


Wiley Interscience Journal, International Journal of Eating Disorders

Publication Date:

March 2014


Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS; Allison L. Sabel, MD, PhD, MPH; Phillip S. Mehler, MD, CEDS, FAED

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for eating disorder professionals with at least some medical knowledge base who seek knowledge about medical complications of eating disorders.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the two main medical complications of early refeeding which a low prealbumin level predicts.

  2. Describe the clinical features and comorbid conditions which make having a low prealbumin level more likely.

  3. Identify common medical complications which are found in severe anorexia nervosa during early refeeding in a medical stabilization program.

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