Confounding Psychosis in the Postpartum Period

Confounding Psychosis in the Postpartum Period This case report alerts the psychiatric clinician to consider nonpsychiatric etiologies of psychosis appearing during the postpartum period besides postpartum psychosis. The case includes a description of the patient’s psychiatric presentation, admission to the inpatient psychiatric unit with subsequent transfer to the medicine department including neuroimaging and neurological consultation. The patient had a remission of psychosis after only two and half days of antipsychotic medication administration. Positive findings on the MRI suggested a demyelinating disease and a 4-month follow up MRI continued to be positive. The etiology was presumed to be a demyelinating disease. In conclusion, psychiatrists need to be alert to include nonpsychiatric pathologies in the differential diagnosis when a patient presents with psychosis in the postpartum period. Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Confounding Psychosis in the Postpartum Period

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Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
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  • Puerperal psychosis
    Brockington, IF; Cernik, KF; Schonfeld, EM

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