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Bouffée délirante: an examination of its current status

  • E. C. Johnson-Sabine (a1), A. H. Mann (a1), R. J. Jacoby (a1), K. H. Wood (a1), P. Peron-Magnan (a1), J. P. Olié (a1) and P. Deniker (a1)...

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Bouffée délirante is an historic and unique French diagnostic term for a short-lived psychosis. The key diagnostic features are acute, floridly psychotic symptoms with complete remission. Its use in a Paris hospital has been examined, and it appears that the term is declining in popularity. A case-controlled study indicated that the diagnosis is likely to be given to migrants on first admission. A re-diagnosis of case summaries indicated no particular correspondence of bouffée délirante to any one lCD category. However, the usefulness of having a special diagnostic term for psychosis with a good outcome is discussed.

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1 Address for correspondence: Dr E. Johnson-Sabine, Academic Department of Psychiatry, Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QR.

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Bouffée délirante: an examination of its current status

  • E. C. Johnson-Sabine (a1), A. H. Mann (a1), R. J. Jacoby (a1), K. H. Wood (a1), P. Peron-Magnan (a1), J. P. Olié (a1) and P. Deniker (a1)...

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