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Hyperprolactinemia and delusion of pregnancy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Niraj Ahuja, Dr Kamini Vasudev, Dr Adrian Lloyd


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We describe the case of a 44-year-old woman admitted with mania with psychotic symptoms who presented with delusion of twin pregnancy a month after admission, which temporally correlated with hyperprolactinemia secondary to antipsychotic medication. Modification of antipsychotic medication was associated with fall in serum prolactin and disappearance of delusion of pregnancy. In light of this clinically striking temporal association between hyperprolactinemia and delusion of pregnancy, we review the literature to examine the hypothetical relationship. We highlight the clinical significance of examining the various factors, including antipsychotic-induced hyperprolactinemia, which could trigger the development of delusion of pregnancy. Copyright © 2007 S. Karger AG.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ahuja N, Vasudev K, Lloyd A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Psychopathology

Year: 2008

Volume: 41

Issue: 1

Pages: 65-68

ISSN (print): 0254-4962

ISSN (electronic): 1423-033X

Publisher: S. Karger AG


DOI: 10.1159/000110628

PubMed id: 17975330


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