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Significant Weight Loss with Cognitive and Communication Limitations in an Adolescent

Houkom, Kim MD; Pickering, Bretten D. MD; Sawyer, Mark MD; Stein, Martin T. MD

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: October 2012 - Volume 33 - Issue 8 - p 676–678
doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31826dc287
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CASE: Mark is a 17-year-old adolescent with an unknown dysmorphic syndrome associated with intellectual disability. His food intake was limited for at least 3 months. He refused all foods, while he lost 12 pounds in 9 months. His mother said that he has been in a good mood and performing at his baseline level in school. Mark has a limited expressive verbal capacity; he uses some single words, he can express pain, but he has minimal understanding of conversation. He has an appointment at the primary care pediatric clinic for a weight check.

Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.