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Induced delusional disorder (also known as shared paranoid disorder or folie à deux) is an uncommon disturbance characterized by the presence of similar psychotic symptoms in two or more individuals. Most commonly a primary case can be distinguished from other one or more cases, in whom the symptoms are induced. the patients implied in the shared delusional symptoms are frequently linked by close relationship bonds, mostly family ties. Its epidemiology remains unclear, because very few data is available. There are some requirements concerning the persons involved for the development of this disorder:
1. Close coexistence and intimate emotional links between the two people are observed;
2. The delusional content is plausible and can be based on past events or expectations;
3. Typically, the induced individual has an easily influenciable personality.
We describe and comment one case of shared paranoid disorder between a 29 year old schizophrenic patient and her 43 years old sister. both share a persecution and prejudice delusion involving the Chinese community of their hometown. after a few days of inward treatment at separated psychiatric wards, the delusional symptoms in the older sister started to improve.
Our intention is making a review on a diagnosis that remains controversial nowadays. Treatment should begin with the separation of the induced and the inducer. Anyhow, a psychopharmacological treatment is required in both individuals. It seems clear, however, that the prognosis of the induced and the inducer is different, according to a variety of factors.
Ramón y Cajal Hospital is the reference medical centre for Madrid-Barajas airport. Passengers arriving at the airport who need medical assistance are brought to this hospital. A percentage of these passengers require psychiatric evaluation and frequently need to be admitted into the ward for a certain length of time.
Perform a descriptive analysis of the socio-demographic and clinical variables of inward psychiatric patients referred from Madrid-Barajas airport.
Revise retrospectively clinical histories of inward psychiatric patients referred from Madrid-Barajas airport in the last 5 years.
Data is analyzed using the SPSS software 15.0 version.
We collected 99 patients, 54 of them (54.5%) are males. The 38.4% of the sample is in the age range between 25 and 34 years, and the 26.3% are between 35 and 44 years old. The most frequent countries of origin are European countries (57.6% of the sample). 28 patients of that group (49.1%) are Spanish citizens. Other 26% percent of the patients are from Centre or South-America. The most common syndromic diagnosis at discharge is psychotic disorder (62.6%) followed by affective disorder (22.2%).
We can deduce from these data that the usual patient referred from Madrid-Barajas airport to the emergencies department for psychiatric attention is a male, between 25 and 34 years of age, from a European country, with a psychotic disorder that usually ends up in an admission into the psychiatric hospitalization unit.
Schizophrenia requires new antipsychotic that can relieve suffering and improve the prognosis of schizophrenic patients.
To study efficacy and safety of Ariprazole in patients with acute schizophrenia.
We studied 16 patients with acute episode of schizophrenia, 6 were first episodes and 10 acute reactivations. We used ARIPRAZOLE for 6 months to evaluate its effectiveness and tolerance. All patients were hospitalised and received Ariprazole in progressively larger doses, beginning with 10 mg/day and increasing to 30 mg at 10 days. Evaluation measures were PANSS, initial and 6 months, and CGI, initial (severity) and 6 months (evolution-improvement). Side effects were evaluated.
Mean PANSS in first episodes: 85 at onset and 36 at 6 months; in reactivations: 75 at onset and 32 at 6 months. ICG showed a mean severity of 4.6 in the first episodes and 4.2 in reactivations; at 6 months the mean improvement was 2.3 in the first episodes and 2.3 in reactivations. The transitory side effects were found, which did not require discontinuation of the drug: insomnia in 15% of first episodes and in 22% of reactivations; nausea in 16% vs. 22%; a certain disinhibition (not manic) in 83% of first episodes and in 77% of reactivations.
ARIPRAZOLE is an effective antipsychotic in the first and successive episodes of schizophrenia. It improved insight and the subjective feeling of well-being and made the psychotic condition easier to bear. This definitely made it a drug of first choice for acute or reactivated schizophrenia.
Ramón y Cajal Hospital is the reference centre for Madrid-Barajas airport. Passengers at the airport who need medical assistance are brought to this hospital. A percentage of these passengers require psychiatric evaluation and frequently need to stay inward for a certain term.
Calculate the approximate costs derived from the inward stay at the Psychiatry ward of patients referred from Madrid-Barajas airport.
Revise retrospectively clinical histories of inward psychiatric patients referred from Barajas airport in the last 5 years. The Department of Economic management of the hospital has provided the costs of stay at the Psychiatry ward for the year 2007 (395 euros per day). Data is analyzed using the SPSS software 15.0 version.
The average stay of these patients is 13.96 days. Then, the average cost is 5514.2 euros. Extrapolating these data to our sample, we notice that being the reference centre for an international airport supposes an estimated cost of 545.905.8 euros (109181.16 per year) due to inward stay of psychiatric patients.
The psychiatric attention to the airport population represents an economic extra charge that has an impact on the hospital and the National Health System. We only expose the charge derived from inward stay. To obtain a more realistic overall result we should add the costs of the attention at the emergency room to the result above.
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