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Psychiatr Prax. 1999 Jan;26(1):43-4.

[A zoocentric Capgras syndrome].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Halle/Saale.


Capgras syndrome is a delusional misidentification, a phenomenon where a person believes delusionally that another person (in most cases closely related) has been replaced by a double or impostor of identical appearance. It is usually a symptom of a functional psychosis but sometimes it is also associated with organic cerebral dysfunction. We present a case of a 23-year old women who had the delusional belief that her cat had been replaced by the cat of her former boy-friend. Reviewing the literature we found that such a case is very rare. The association between Capgras syndrome and depersonalisation-derealisation phenomena is also pointed out.

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