Here we report on a case series chart review conducted on nine severe and treatment-resistant patients with anorexia nervosa, body mass index <13 kg/m(2), and a delusional body image disturbance. Patients received low doses of haloperidol during hospitalization. Haloperidol was well tolerated. The delusional body image disturbance and the drive for thinness were subjectively perceived as less intense. BMI increased from the initial 12.2 ± 0.5 to 16.0 ± 1.5 kg/m(2). Mean pulse rate and blood pressure did not change significantly from admission to discharge (66 ± 11.6 bpm; 91/56 mmHg vs 77 ± 12.0 bpm; 102/66 mmHg). Mean of QTc, available from electrocardiograms performed during hospitalization, was 413 ± 38.5 ms (range 342-469 ms). Further investigations are warranted to elucidate clinical usefulness and safety of low doses of haloperidol for patients with treatment-resistant anorexia and delusional body image disturbance.

Haloperidol for severe anorexia nervosa restricting type with delusional body image disturbance: a nine-case chart review

MAURI, MAURO;DELL'OSSO, LILIANA
2013

Abstract

Here we report on a case series chart review conducted on nine severe and treatment-resistant patients with anorexia nervosa, body mass index <13 kg/m(2), and a delusional body image disturbance. Patients received low doses of haloperidol during hospitalization. Haloperidol was well tolerated. The delusional body image disturbance and the drive for thinness were subjectively perceived as less intense. BMI increased from the initial 12.2 ± 0.5 to 16.0 ± 1.5 kg/m(2). Mean pulse rate and blood pressure did not change significantly from admission to discharge (66 ± 11.6 bpm; 91/56 mmHg vs 77 ± 12.0 bpm; 102/66 mmHg). Mean of QTc, available from electrocardiograms performed during hospitalization, was 413 ± 38.5 ms (range 342-469 ms). Further investigations are warranted to elucidate clinical usefulness and safety of low doses of haloperidol for patients with treatment-resistant anorexia and delusional body image disturbance.
Mauri, Mauro; Miniati, M; Mariani, Mg; Ciberti, A; Dell'Osso, Liliana
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