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Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2005 Aug;20(8):709-11.

Is collectionism a diagnostic clue for Diogenes syndrome?

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Geriatric Assessment Unit (EFA) and Geriatric Medicine Program, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. manuel.montero@hospitalitaliano.org.ar

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Diogenes syndrome (DS) is characterized by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor, and social withdrawal. Despite having been described decades ago, it is still difficult to persue a correct diagnosis in primary care clinics.

METHODS:

This paper reports a case of an elderly man with extreme self neglect and an abnormal collecting pattern whose condition remained undetected for many years. His collectionism was manifested with a tendency to store items in an organized manner but without a clear purpose.

CONCLUSION:

The authors suggest that the presence of collectionism could be a helpful clue towards diagnosis of DS in similar cases.

PMID:
16035126
DOI:
10.1002/gps.1347
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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