Successful multidisciplinary treatment in an adolescent case of rumination

Etti Cohen, Yitzhak Rosen, Yoram Ben Yehuda, Iulian Iancu

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Rumination is a rare and complex disorder to treat. It involves repeated regurgitation, rechewing and reswallowing of food and occurs mainly among infants and mentally retarded children. Among adolescents and adults it is rather rare, but still might cause significant sequelae (depression, other eating disorders and social problems). We provide a detailed psychodynamic formulation in a non-retarded adolescent with rumination (over a four year period). A multidisciplinary approach involving individual insight-oriented psychotherapy, group therapy, pharmacological therapy and a nutritional intervention has proved successful in abating the patient's symptoms. We propose that among adolescents and adults, childhood issues of neglect and feeding problems may be reactivated through the rumination symptom. The focus of this report is to address the importance of rumination, as well as the role of a multidisciplinary approach to such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-227
Number of pages6
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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