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Medical Stabilization for Eating Disorders

ACUTE is the ONLY Eating Disorder Treatment Center of its Kind, Anywhere

Serving the most critically-ill patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa, ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders is the National Center for Excellence and offers the following: 

  • Expert medical care, covered under the medical insurance benefit
  • 24/7 hospital-to-hospital transfers and air ambulance as needed
  • A compassionate and highly-experienced multidisciplinary team led by Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS, world renowned expert in the medical treatment of eating disorders
  • Daily dietary, therapeutic and psychiatric support as needed
  • One-to-one CNA bedside to monitor eating disorder behaviors and provide patient support
  • Comprehensive discharge planning to an intpatient or residential treatment program for long-term recovery 

Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa:

  • Severe malnutrition and severe low weight
  • Low heart rate, low body temperature, low blood pressure,  irregular heartbeat
  • Slowed digestion causing pain, early fullness, nausea, bloating and constipation
  • Hepatitis of starvation, liver failure
  • Loss of period in females, low testosterone in males, infertility
  • Bone marrow suppression, anemia
  • Bone loss and osteoporosis
  • Thyroid abnormalities, low blood sugar
  • Brain atrophy, cognitive difficulty
  • Dry skin, hair loss, lanugo hair growth
  • Aspiration pneumonia, respiratory failure
  • High risk for refeeding syndrome, a potentially deadly complication of injudicious refeeding

Medical Complications of Bulimia Nervosa:

  • Dental erosion and infections, parotid gland swelling
  • Esophageal rupture
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), constipation
  • Low potassium, low sodium
  • Severe edema or fluid overload
  • Dehydration, fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures

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Dr. Philip S. Mehler with ACUTE Patient