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Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2009 Sep;18(9):583-5. doi: 10.1007/s00787-009-0010-2. Epub 2009 Mar 7.

Niemann-Pick disease type C1 presenting with psychosis in an adolescent male.

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University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Campus Marburg, Marburg, Germany.

Abstract

Niemann-Pick disease, a neurovisceral lysosomal lipid storage disorder, is a rare disorder that is unknown to many clinicians. The disease, that often has its onset during childhood or adolescence, shows a polymorphic clinical picture, including psychiatric symptoms. Because of its infrequence, Niemann-Pick disease is diagnosed with an average delay of 6 years. This report presents a case of an adolescent male whose symptoms had led to various hospitalisations and psychiatric diagnoses. When he presented with psychotic symptoms in our department, thorough diagnosis revealed Niemann-Pick disease type C1 as the underlying disease.

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19267177
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10.1007/s00787-009-0010-2
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