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Cushing's disease hallucinations



Type of spiritual experience



High leukocyte count indicates to me she had some sort of bacteria or virus attacking her, or a toxin, or a parasite


A description of the experience

Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi. 1994;96(6):461-8.  [A case of Cushing's disease: hallucinatory paranoid state preceding physical symptoms].  [Article in Japanese]  Tadami S, Murata A, Wakabayashi T, Haku E, Numa Y, Yamanouchi Y.

A 39-year old woman presented with hallucinatory paranoid state, particularly with erotomania, around September, 1988 (at the age of 39), and was hospitalized in a mental hospital for 9 days from May 1, 1989, to receive major tranquilizer therapy.

At admission, the leukocyte count was 10,400/mm3 showing a mild leukocytosis, and there was temporary adynamia in the upper extremities. Thereafter, mild leukocytosis persisted intermittently.

On May 12, 1989, the patient visited the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Kansai Medical University, and clinical examinations revealed mental symptoms including insomnia and erotomania, delusion of reference and auditory hallucination without persecutory taint. She showed clear consciousness and well understanding.

Characteristically, her expression and behavior were smooth and emotional communication was available. There were neither alterations in her basic mood, nor flaccid association of idea. No abnormalities were seen in the hair and skin, and buffalo hump was not observed.

Blood examination revealed a leukocyte count of 10,700/mm3, suggesting a mild leukocytosis. According to the patient, the menses have been regular.

Although major tranquilizer therapy has been maintained, she gradually developed emotional instability, and tended to show fatigue and regressive changes in her personality. She was hospitalized in a mental hospital from October 25, 1989 to July 24, 1991. Since 1990, when she was in the hospital, she gradually developed obesity, hypertension, acne, and diabetes mellitus.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

PMID:  7938310

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