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Psychiatr Danub. 2005 Jun;17(1-2):90-3.

Acute brain syndrome as a consequence of the Cronkhite-Canada syndrome.

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  • 1Psychiatric Clinic of KBC Rijeka, Cambijerijeva 17/7, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cronkhite-Canada syndrome is a very rare illness and psychical disturbances developed as a consequence of this illness are very rarely described. That is the case because majority of the symptoms of this syndrome are associated with the polyposis of the gastrointestinal tract.

AIM:

The aim of this case report is to link the development of acute brain syndrome with this rare syndrome.

PATIENT:

The patient was two times treated under the diagnosis of Cronkhite-Canada syndrome in the clinics of internal medicine in Rijeka and Zagreb, and then in the Psychiatric Clinic in Rijeka under the diagnosis of acute brain syndrome (F05.0).

RESULT:

Therapy with a typical antipsychotic (haloperidol) and corresponding internistic treatment gave results very fast and calmed acute delirium.

CONCLUSION:

Typical antipsychotics are efficient in the treatment of the acute brain syndrome caused by Cronkhite-Canada syndrome. Acute brain syndrome is caused solely by the lack of electrolytes and other important nutrients because of a malabsorption syndrome, conditioned by a diffuse polyposis of intestines.

PMID:
16395849
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