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Niemann–Pick disease type C1 presenting with psychosis in an adolescent male

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Sandu, Sabine; Jackowski-Dohrmann, Sabine; Ladner, Axel; Haberhausen, Michael; Bachmann, Christian

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Abstract Niemann–Pick disease, a neurovisceral lysosomal lipid storage disorder, is a rare disorder that is unknown to many clinicians. The disease, that often has its onset during childhood or adolescence, shows a polymorphic clinical picture, including psychiatric symptoms. Because of its infrequence, Niemann–Pick disease is diagnosed with an average delay of 6 years. This report presents a case of an adolescent male whose symptoms had led to various hospitalisations and psychiatric diagnoses. When he presented with psychotic symptoms in our department, thorough diagnosis revealed Niemann–Pick disease type C1 as the underlying disease.
Classification Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Treatment and Prevention
Free Keywords Adolescence; Niemann–Pick disease; Organic psychosis; Sphingomyelin lipidosis
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 583-585
Journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 18 (2009) 9
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-009-0010-2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)