Interferon-induced psychosis as a psychiatric contraindication to hepatitis C treatment
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Psychosomatics. 2010 Jan-Feb;51(1):1-7. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.51.1.1.
Interferon-induced psychosis as a "psychiatric contraindication" to hepatitis C treatment: a review and case-based discussion.
Silverman BC1, Kim AY, Freudenreich O.
- 1Wang Ambulatory Care Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, 15 Parkman St., Boston, MA 02114, USA. email@example.com
BACKGROUND:Hepatitis C (HCV) infection is a major cause of liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Interferon-based treatments have the potential to decrease the burden of disease, but are complicated by side effects, including neuropsychiatric symptoms.
OBJECTIVE: The authors described a case of interferon-induced psychosis as a framework to review the literature and discuss the decision to pursue antiviral treatment in psychiatrically ill patients with hepatitis C.
METHOD: The authors followed a patient with chronic HCV who received interferon and ribavirin and who developed hallucinations ultimately requiring psychiatric hospitalization.
RESULTS: Despite treatment with various neuroleptics, the psychosis resolved only when the interferon/ribavirin were discontinued.
CONCLUSION: Psychiatric illness should not rule out the possibility of interferon-based therapy, but it calls for close integration of psychiatric and medical care and individualized decision-making based on the biological and psychosocial circumstances of each case.
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