Edema: The swelling of any part of the body due to fluid accumulation. Associated with severe nutritional deficiency as well as with purging/self-induced vomiting or chronic use of laxatives and diuretics. Edema is also associated with laxative withdrawal and abrupt cessation of diuretics. Edema and swelling during eating disorder recovery should be considered an urgent medical issue as it can indicate "re-feeding syndrome."
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