Case of the Month #43 Refeeding Syndrome

Published 14/09/2023


Theme: Nutrition 

Key words: Refeeding syndrome, Anorexia nervosa, Hypophosphatemia, Eating disorders.


Refeeding Syndrome 

A 22 year old female was admitted to the Acute Assessment Unit with shortness of breath. She has a past history of anxiety and depression. The history revealed that she was refusing to eat anything for over a week and was losing weight over the last few months. 

Her BMI was 13. A plan was made to feed her through naso-gastric tube on the ward. Her shortness of breath worsened following the initiation of feeds.