Abstract

Differential diagnosis is complicated in the case of a factitious disorder, episodic, course in a geriatric patient. Yet, the literature contains few references to geriatric cases of factitious disorder. A thorough work-up of a 71-year-old female admitted to a geriatric unit of a state mental hospital included psychiatric assessment, physical examination with ECG and EMG, neurological examination with EEG and CT, and partial neuropsychological screening. The negative findings were consistent with the patient's history and psychological test results. Since the patient's behavior appeared to change with exposure to patients diagnosed with dementia, rapid initial assessment was recommended in order to avoid symptom adaptation by patients presenting similarly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 6 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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