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Logo of behavneuroBehavioural Neurology
Behav Neurol. 2013; 27(3): 287–291.
PMCID: PMC5214261

Delayed-Onset Post-Stroke Delusional Disorder: A Case Report


Although the prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders among patients with cerebrovascular illness is relatively high, there are only few case reports describing post-stroke psychotic symptoms. In general, post-stroke psychoses have been reported to emerge few days after the vascular event and to vanish soon afterwards. In this report, we describe delayed-onset post-stroke delusional disorder, persecutory type. A middle-aged female patient developed a persistent delusional disorder with homicidal behavior about one year after a cerebrovascular accident affecting the right fronto-temporo-parietal region and a long period of chronic post-stroke mixed anxiety and depressive symptoms. Our case suggests that there might be long intervals between stroke and the appearance of psychotic symptoms.

Keywords: Stroke, psychotic symptoms, persistent delusional disorder

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