2006 issue 4


Volume 15, issue 4

Case report

Organic delusional disorder in a young man ssuffering from acute leukaemia in childhood - a case report

1. Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
2. I Kliniki Chorób Dzieci Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2006; 15 (4): 315-317
Keywords: organic delusional syndrome, acute leukaemia, chemo- and radiotherapy


Aim. The aim of the article was to draw attention to the problem of psychiatric complications of intensive chemo- and radiotherapy administered in childhood. At present most children suffering from acute leukaemia are successfully treated. However, intensive chemo- and radiotherapy are known to affect young patients' mental state.

Case report. A case is reported of a man in remission of leukaemia for the past 15 years. His current personal and social functioning is severely affected by his cognitive impairment and delusional syndrome.

Conclusions. At the time when acute lymphoblastic leukaemia can be successfully treated, new treatment regimens should be introduced taking into account delayed complications of chemo- and radiotherapy in childhood.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Magdalena Letkiewicz, Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej, ul. Broniewskiego 26, 71-460 Szczecin