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Case 11

Sarah T Pendlebury, Philip Anslow and Peter M Rothwell

in Neurological Case Histories

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780192631626
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780192631626.003.0011

Series: Oxford Case Histories

Case 11

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A 50-year-old female factory worker was referred to the admitting medical team by the duty police surgeon. The police had been called to her house during the night by her husband after she had begun acting in a violent and agitated manner. She was convinced that there were intruders in the house and had chased her husband round the house with a knife thinking that he was one of them. On arrival on the medical admissions unit in the afternoon of the following day, she was behaving normally and was able to answer questions although she had poor recollection of the events overnight. She remained convinced that there had been intruders in her house, but was aware that she might have been hallucinating at times. She described being unwell for the preceding 4 days with vomiting and abdominal pain that was central and constant but this had largely resolved. She had also been constipated.

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Subjects: Neurology

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