The strange case of Mrs O
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A description of the experience
Riv Psichiatr. 2012 Sep-Oct;47(5):447-50. Doi: 10.1708/1175.13036. Mood disorder with psychotic symptoms and overlooked skin lesions: the strange case of Mrs. O. Tremolizzo L1, Tremolizzo S, Beghi M, Pini E, Cerri CG, Ferrarese C, Appollonio I, Cornaggia CM. Department of Neurology, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy. email@example.com
Here we report the case of Mrs. O., a 57 years-old woman presenting with mood disorder with psychotic symptoms developing strange skin lesions, ultimately leading to the suspected diagnosis of varicella-zoster encephalitis. The later appearance of a post-infectious acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy further confirmed the suspect. This case stresses the importance for not discarding a priori neurological diagnoses when facing with psychiatric patients, especially when atypical details are present.