Fast Five Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Binge-Eating Disorder

Stephen Soreff, MD


November 08, 2017

When the physical examination or history suggests specific medical conditions that can cause or may be associated with weight gain, appropriate testing should be performed. This includes blood testing for hypothyroidism or genetic testing to rule in or out a deletion or translocation syndrome or a different genetically related cause, such as one that is accompanied by mitochondrial dysfunction or intellectual disability, as etiologically related to binge-eating disorder.

Other causes of binge eating need to be ruled in or out. These include the following:

  • Kleine Levin syndrome

  • Bulimia

  • Obesity

  • Mood disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Tumor of ventromedial hypothalamus or paraventricular nucleus

  • Nutritional deficiency states

For more on the workup and differential diagnosis of binge-eating disorder, read here.


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