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Neurology. 1979 Mar;29(3):334-9.

Capgras syndrome: a reduplicative phenomenon.

Abstract

A patient recovering from a severe head injury developed a prolonged Capgras syndrome in which he believed his wife and five children had been replaced by nearly identical substitutes. Although this phenomenon is considered a functional disorder in the psychiatric literature, recent reports postulate an organic basis. Recent studies of the comparable neurologic disorder, reduplicative paramnesia, have stressed the importance of bilateral frontal and right hemisphere pathology. Neuropsychologic and neuroradiologic data in our patient revealed this combination, suggesting that the Capgras syndrome may be a form of reduplicative paramnesia with the same pathologic substrate.

PMID:
571979
DOI:
10.1212/wnl.29.3.334
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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