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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 160-162

Recurrent episodes of dissociative fugue


1 Department of Psychiatry, Kakatiya Medical College, M.G.M. Hospital, Warangal, Telangana, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Hareesh Angothu
Department of Psychiatry, Kakatiya Medical College, M.G.M. Hospital, Warangal - 506 007, Telangana
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.178815

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Dissociative fugue is rare entity to encounter with possible differentials of epilepsy and malingering. It is one of the dissociative disorders rarely seen in clinical practice more often because of the short lasting nature of this condition. This might also be because of organized travel of the individuals during the episodes and return to their families after the recovery from episodes. This is a case description of a patient who has experienced total three episodes of dissociative fugue. The patient has presented during the third episode and two prior episodes were diagnosed as fugue episodes retrospectively based on the history. Planned travel in this case by the patient to a distant location was prevented because of early diagnosis and constant vigilance till the recovery. As in this case, it may be more likely that persons with Dissociative fugue may develop similar episodes if they encounter exceptional perceived stress. However, such conclusions may require follow-up studies.


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