Psychiatric aspects of temporal arteritis: A case report and review of the literature
Bouman, Walter P.
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Temporal arteritis may present with atypical manifestations that can hamper its diagnosis. This article reports a case presenting with predominantly psychiatric symptoms including psychotic features and affective symptoms both on a background of cognitive impairment. Such clear-cut psychotic symptoms have not been described previously in the literature. Corticosteroid treatment was followed by full remission of psychotic and affective symptoms; treatment with antipsychotic medication was unnecessary. Temporal arteritis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of psychosis and affective disorder in the elderly. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a valuable parameter in the assessment of old-age psychiatry patients presenting both with functional and neurologic disorders. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)