Mary Ann Adler Cohen, MD; Asher D. Aladjem, MD; David Bremin, BA; Mohammed Ghazi, MD
To the Editor: Firesetting is a dangerous concomitant of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated dementia. At Metropolitan Hospital Center we have seen three firesetters with HIV-associated dementia. The first patient accidentally ignited his pajamas while he was smoking. The pajamas belonged to him and were not flame-retardant. He sustained third-degree burns over 70% of his body and died in the burn unit of another hospital. The second patient survived after deliberately setting himself on fire at home. We report the case of a third patient with HIV-associated dementia and an antisocial personality disorder.
The patient was a 49-year-old divorced, unemployed security
Cohen MAA, Aladjem AD, Bremin D, Ghazi M. Firesetting by Patients with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Ann Intern Med. ;112:386–387. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-5-386_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(5):386-387.
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