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Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

Can contribute: The "purging" of bulimia can result in chronic injury and fibrosis to the esophagus and sphincter going into the stomach, and with enough damage and reinjury from the stomach acid from vomiting, that can result in barrett's esophagitis and potentially cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Yes.: If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and is usually in the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. It would be wise for you to see your doctor to closely follow this. ...Read more

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What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

What causes holes to tear in the esophagus?

Rare : Esophageal perforations are not common. It can occur in the setting of excessive vomiting or retching. Also possible with a prolonged food impaction or even severe pill esophagitis. ...Read more

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Which is better test to Dx mediastititis caused by potential tear in esophagus caused by impact of car collison? CT, MRI, or barium swallow test?

Which is better test to Dx mediastititis caused by potential tear in esophagus caused by impact of car collison? CT, MRI, or barium swallow test?

Barium Swallow: The first line test is a barium swallow with water soluble contrast. Depending on the results from that exam at Chest CT is the next line exam. ...Read more

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What is a lifelong complication of bulimia nervosa? Tooth erosion? Tears?

What is a lifelong complication of bulimia nervosa? Tooth erosion? Tears?

Disappearing teeth: The stomach acids come up the throat and hit the back of the upper front teeth and then fall off the tongue and hit the top of the lower back teeth. If you don't look closely at hose areas you may not notice it before it is too late. You may need to see a psychiatrist or therapist to overcome the disorder. ...Read more

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Can bulimia cause deformity in children?

Can bulimia cause deformity in children?

Thanks for asking!: Bulimia can lead to dehydration and low potassium, magnesium, sodium and other electrolytes. Patients can be at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Bulimia can also cause menstrual irregularities, intestinal problems, bleeding and tears in the GI tract. Depending on how severe the problem is, a child could be at risk for diseases associated with nutrient deficiencies. ...Read more

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How much damage can 4 months of bulimia cause?

How much damage can 4 months of bulimia cause?

Depends on behavior: Bulimia usually involves vomiting or laxitive abuse or both. It can be fatal in extreme cases and certainly can cause lasting damage. Depending on frequency, it can mess up your teeth (acid from the stomach) and body (disturbed electrolytes damage the heart and kidneys. Seek treatment as quickly as possible not just because of that but also because early treatment is more effective. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of bulimia? Can it really cause one to die prematurely?

Multiple: You can wear away the enamel from your teeth from repetitive vomiting. You can tear your stomach up. You can develop vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. If you want to control your weight try using juiced vegetables under a doctor's supervision. They provide healthier rapid weight loss. You can supplement them with protein shakes and still lose quickly. When you reintroduce food, make it healthy. ...Read more

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What to do if my friend; please help me understand this condition. what causes bulimia?

What to do if my friend; please help me understand this condition. what causes bulimia?

Needs a therapist: We don't know the cause of bulimia. It is a condition where a person for various reasons may begin over eating and then try to compensate by vomiting up the excess food. It then becomes a habit that is hard to break. Psychotherapy is the way for your friend to understand herself and learn different ways to handle her urges to eat or vomit. Sometimes medication is helpful as well. ...Read more

Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more