Is there a connection between neurofibromatosis and anorexia nervosa

Many researches have been done to understand the etiology of eating disorders. But we still cannot point to a specific case as the single etiology of these diseases.
Recently, A patient who was suffering from anorexia nervosa ,restrictive type was referred to me by one of my colleagues.
The patient was diagnosed as neurofibromatosis disorder at the same time.
Neurofibromatoses are a group of genetic disorders that cause tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
In some cases, multiple tumors involve the skin, this type of neurofibromatosis is associated with high anxiety and concern about appearance. Unfortunately, tumors may recur even after surgery.

Fortunately, this patient had good insight and cooperated well in the treatment.
For this reason, I chose cognitive behavioral therapy as treatment plan, which was accompanied by recovery and his weight returned to the normal range in three months.

Is it possible that neurofibromatosis shares a genetic link with anorexia nervosa? We will probably know in the future.


  1. Neurofibromatosis 


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