Psychoses as the presenting manifestation of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in an elderly male

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Abstract

The differential diagnosis of acute psychosis includes delirium, dementia and primary psychiatric disorders. A comprehensive medical evaluation is crucial to make the proper diagnosis. We report the case of a healthy elderly man who presents with acute psychosis. We describe our diagnostic evaluation based on the patient's history and physical examination, which identified Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Avoiding diagnostic error in patients who face such a rapidly progressive and catastrophic illness is paramount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302.e7-302.e9
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • Dementia
  • Neurodegenerative disorder
  • Psychoses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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