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Friday 01 December 2000

A case of monosymptomatic hypochondriacal psychosis treated with olanzapine.

By: Weintraub E, Robinson C.

Ann Clin Psychiatry 2000 Dec;12(4):247-9

OBJECTIVE: To emphasize the availability of safer alternatives to currently standard therapy for monosymptomatic hypochondriacal psychosis (MHP). METHOD: We report a case of treatment of monosymptomatic hypochondriacal psychosis in an elderly woman with the atypical neuroleptic olanzapine. RESULTS: Treatment with rather low doses of olanzapine led to complete resolution of delusional symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Olanzapine, like other atypical neuroleptic agents, shows promise as a treatment for this syndrome, and it offers considerable safety and side-effect advantages over older agents.

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