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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.



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.


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


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).


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


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.

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