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Can J Psychiatry. 1987 Nov;32(8):688-92.

A case of atypical psychosis associated with alexithymia and a left fronto-temporal lesion: possible correlations.

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Dept. of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


The case history is presented of a man with an atypical psychosis and classical clinical features of alexithymia. On his last admission, the patient presented with starvation and hypernatremic coma. A CT scan, which was done because of the coma, revealed a large left fronto-temporal arachnoid cyst. The significance of this finding is reviewed in the light of previously suggested organic bases for alexithymia and related syndromes. Although the symptom of alexithymia is present, the patient's other symptoms do not fit readily into existing diagnostic categories and the resulting diagnostic dilemma is discussed.

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