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Volume 14, suplement 1

Case report

Psychiatric symptomatology in non-specific encephalitis

MAGDALENA LETKIEWICZ1, MAŁGORZATA ŚMIAROWSKA1, WALDEMAR URBANOWICZ2, AGATA LISIECKA1, KAROLINA KORWIN-PIOTROWSKA1
1. Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
2. Katedry i Kliniki Chorób Zakaźnych Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2005; 14 (supl. 1/20): 5-106
Keywords: encephalitis, hepatitis C virus, interferon treatment complications

Abstract

Objective. A case of mental disorders following the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus is presented.

Case. A female patient aged 52 was treated for chronic hepatitis C virus with interferon alpha and ribavirine. After three months transient motor and speech disorders were noted, with subsequent epileptic fits and dementia. For that reason the patient was diagnosed to differentiate between dissociative disorder and the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Commentary. Prednisolone treatment turned out to be effective. No clear cause of the patient's condition was found.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Magdalena Letkiewicz, Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej, ul. Broniewskiego 26, 71-460 Szczecin, e-mail: mletkiewicz@op.pl