Bariatric Surgery in a Patient with Possible Psychiatric Contraindications
Authors: Segal, Adriano; Libanori, Hilton; Azevedo, Alexandre
Source: Obesity Surgery, Volume 12, Number 4, August 2002 , pp. 598-601(4)
Abstract:Grade III obesity (BMI >39.9 kg/m2) is considered a chronic disease where clinical and diet therapy show poor results, with high rates of relapse. The most consistent results are those obtained through surgical procedures. Several authors discuss the contraindications for the performance of anti-obesity operations. Psychiatric disorders are often considered contraindications to these operations, especially affective disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. The authors report the case of a 37-year-old patient, with obesity history since the age of 12, and anorexiant abuse (amphetaminederived substances) during 20 years, binge-eating episodes, purgative compensatory behaviors and recurrent depressive symptoms. She was submitted to anti-obesity surgery in August 2000 (BMI 40.2). The outcome is reported and a discussion of the possible psychiatric contraindications for the antiobesity surgeries is proposed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-08-01