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It is often forgotten by physicians in all specialities, as well as by nonphysicians, that psychiatric symptoms in patients may reflect underlying medical illness. Such symptoms may be indistinguishable in patients with medical illness from those in patients who do not have an underlying medical illness. Furthermore, frequently patients with medical illnesses often later show psychiatric symptoms.
These observations are expanded in this text. Various psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, depression, delusions, and hallucinations are first reviewed in terms of clinical features. Possible underlying medical illnesses are then outlined and various illnesses reviewed. Disorders of the endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory
Psychiatric Presentations of Medical Illness: Somatopsychic Disorders.. Ann Intern Med. ;95:127–128. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-1-127_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(1):127-128.
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