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An unusual case of an unusual bug

Buckley, Philippa ; Reuter, Helmuth (2005-08)

The original publication is available at http://www.cmej.org.za/index.php/cmej


Many doctors dislike patients presenting with psychiatric symptoms. This may lead to less careful examination and less precise laboratory testing. When routine examinations and tests are declared normal, the patients are medically cleared, and many diseases are missed. The patient is rapidly referred to a psychiatrist who may inappropriately treat for a non-existent psychiatric disorder. To avoid diagnostic disasters, it is essential to remember that psychiatric and behavioural symptoms are nonspecific. Other causes must be excluded before any psychiatric treatment begins.

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