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A somatic type delusional disorder secondary to peripheral neuropathy: a case report

Identifier

012212

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

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Somatic delusion: A delusion whose content pertains to bodily functioning, bodily sensations, or physical appearance. Usually the false belief is that the body is somehow diseased, abnormal, or changed

A description of the experience

Psychiatr Danub. 2008 Mar;20(1):85-7.

A somatic type delusional disorder secondary to peripheral neuropathy: a case report.

Ghoreishi A.   Department of psychiatry and Metabolic Research Center, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran. swt_f@yahoo.com

Delusional disorders are one of the psychiatric disorders with unknown etiology. Various factors have been considered as risk factors (predisposing factors) for delusional disorders. Positive family history of psychiatric disorders particularly delusional disorders, is the most important risk factor.

In this report, we present a 40-year old man with somatic delusions following intoxication with Phenobarbital and left brachial plexus injury (C6, C7, C8) in stupor state.

Two weeks after discharge from the hospital, he developed a significant somatic delusion about his left upper extremity. To our knowledge, somatic delusions secondary to peripheral neuropathy has not been reported up to now therefore this case illustrates a very rare organic delusional disorder.

PMID:18376336

The source of the experience

PubMed

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