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Presenile dementia in a 41-year old male Nigerian medical doctor - A case report

HU Isichei
DC Chukwujekwu


Presenile dementia reflects an underlying pathology that affects the cerebral cortex, its sub-cortical connections or both occurring in persons below 65 years of age. In this study, a case report of a 41-yr old medical doctor whose mental illness spanned 8 yrs is presented. Initially he came with paranoid psychosis of the acute polymorphic psychotic disorder type; but later features became specific for psychotic depression. However in the last three months there was a dramatic turn towards dementia.

Keywords: dementia, pre-senile, alzheimei, psychosis, amyloid, memory

Journal of Medicine in the Tropics Vol. 6(2) 2004: 22-27