A case of mononucleosis in an anorexic patient with zinc deficiency

Vincenzo Russo

Abstract


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.


Keywords


Anorexia nervosa, laterocervical lymphoadenopathy, zinc

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