A case of mononucleosis in an anorexic patient with zinc deficiency

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Vincenzo Russo


Anorexia nervosa, laterocervical lymphoadenopathy, zinc


We report the case of  a 24 years old women with anorexia nervosa (BMI= 14.3 Kg/m2 ) and recent infection by virus of mononucleosis. The patient had remittent fever, sore throat, hepatosplenomegaly, laterocervical lymphoadenopathy. Biochemical and serological work-out showed absolute lymphocytosis and antibodies against capsidic and nuclear Epstein-Barr virus antigens. Morover, we have found reduced serum zinc levels. This feature, in the context of anorexia nervosa, contributed to worsen the clinical picture of the concomitant viral infection.

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