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J R Soc Med. 1995 Nov;88(11):637-8.

Depressive disorder due to craniopharyngioma.

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  • 1Academic Department of Psychiatry, Charing Cross Hospital, London, England.


Secondary causes of depression are legion, and must always be considered in patients presenting with features atypical of primary idiopathic depressive disorder. The case described is that of a middle-aged woman presenting initially with a major depressive disorder who was subsequently found to have a craniopharyngioma, leading to a revised diagnosis of mood disorder due to the tumour. Some features of the presentation might have led to earlier diagnosis had their localizing significance been recognized. Diencephalic lesions should always be considered in patients presenting with the hypersomnic-hyperphagic variant of depressive disorder.

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