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Revista Cubana de Pediatría

versión impresa ISSN 0034-7531versión On-line ISSN 1561-3119


CASAS LOPEZ, . Mario J.  y  AYLLON VALDES, Lucía. Anorexia en la infancia. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2002, vol.74, n.3, pp.213-221. ISSN 0034-7531.

An updated review of the clinical and physiopathological peculiarities of anorexia as a symptom and a disorder of the feeding behavior and of the recommendations aimed at solving this problem is made. It is considered that the total or selective rejection to eat may appear at any stage of life, but as it is more frequent in the child and the adolescent, the family and the physician concern about it and it also generates a great anxiety among them. Parents hardly ever take an adequate attitude to face this problem; however, it is the prioritized group in the Cuban society and in almost all the countries of the world. The physicians and other members of the team will be responsible for managing this situation correctly to guarantee the proper development of children and adolescents. It is considered as the commonest chief complaint at the consultation rooms of the pediatric hospitals. It is difficult to treat due to its incidence, and its prognosis is not always favorable. A multidisciplinary team composed of clinicians, psychologists, anthropometrists, dieticians and, occasionally, social wokers, is necessary. This paper deals with the different childhood stages in which this disorder may appear, as well as with its causes, physiological bases, clinical picture and recommendations.


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