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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

Print version ISSN 0034-7531On-line version ISSN 1561-3119

Abstract

Anorexia: Un problema con solución familiar. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2001, vol.73, n.1, pp.5-10. ISSN 0034-7531.

Anorexia is an appetite disorder caused by the reduction of the eating instinct. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 372 patients under 15, who suffered from anorexia and visited the physician's office at "Armando Enrique Cardoso" General Teaching Hospital between July, 1998, and December, 1999, in order to know the most affected age group, the main causes by age and the predominant type of anorexia. The results showed a higher affectation at preschool age (48.6 %), a predominance of functional anorexia (55.4 %) and, within this, partial overfeeding, distracting environment and late weaning. The organic causes accounted for 45.6 %. Febrile infections, parasitism and iron deficiency prevailed among these. It was concluded that most of the cases may be solved at home.

Keywords : ANOREXIA NERVOSA; APPETITE DEPRESSANTS; FAMILY RELATIONS; CHILD.

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