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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 82-84

Pseudocyesis Versus Delusion of Pregnancy: Differential Diagnoses to be Kept in Mind


Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Yatan Pal Singh Balhara
Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction, Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.96167

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Pseudocyesis is a condition in which the patient has all signs and symptoms of pregnancy except for the confirmation of the presence of a fetus. The literature on delusions of pregnancy in schizophrenia is however scanty. We hereby present a case of delusion of pregnancy. The case highlights the possibility of delusion of pregnancy if a patient presents with features suggestive of pseudocyesis. The obstetricians being more familiar with pseudocyesis might tend to overlook the other possibility in such cases. This would be especially true if there are no associated clearcut psychotic features.


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