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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How does the vomiting of bulimia nervosa effect the oesophagus?

    How does it affect the digestive tracts?
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  • Alysha Coleman

    Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist

    Alysha is the Primary Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Institute for Healthy Living, a clinical psychology practice in Bondi Junction. Alysha has worked with … View Profile

    Many aspects of the digestive system can be damaged via vomiting and binge eating. To answer your questions, injury to the oesophagus, the tube connecting the mouth and stomach, can result from repeated vomiting. Acid and bile from the stomach irritates and inflames the membrane that lines the oesophagus causing a condition known as oesophagitis, which is sometimes severe enough to cause scarring and narrowing of the passageway. This passageway may become so narrow that it is difficult for food to pass through. The physical stress of vomiting can cause tears in the lining of the oesophagus. This can become a life-threatening condition.

    Bulimia can result in a number of physical health complications. If you or someone you know may be experiencing Bulimia, it is vital to have a full medical check up as soon as possible. 

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