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Volume 9, suplement 3

Diagnostyka

Panic disorder, hypochondriasis or xyphoiditis – diagnostic difficulties and therapeutic implications – ease report

ANNA KOSSAKOWSKA1
1. Oddziału XI Samodzielnego Publicznego Psychiatrycznego ZakładuOpieki Zdrowotnej w Choroszczy
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, suplement 3 (11), 83-86
Keywords: panic disorder, hypochondriasis, xyphoiditis

Abstract

A case is reported of a 39-year-oldmale patient with panic attacks and hypochondriacal complaints predominating in the clinical picture.Due to his somatic complaints he sought helpof cardiologists, gastroenterologists and surgeons. The diagnosisof xyphoiditis was followed by surgical treatment, but the complaints persisted. The ease illustrated not only diagnostic difficulties, but also the need for a close co-operation between psychiatrists and other medical professionals in cases of anxiety disorder, so as to avoid exposing the patient to unnecessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Anna Kossakowska, Oddział Xl Samodzielnego Publicznego Psychiatrycznego Zakładu Opieki Zdrowotnej, Pl. Brodowicza 1, 16-070 Choroszcz