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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-75

Childhood Leukodystrophy Presenting as Secondary Bipolar Disorder


1 Resident, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi 834 006, India
2 Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi 834 006, India
3 Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi 834 006, India

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Haque s Nizamie
Professor of Psychiatry & Director, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi 834 006
India
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Leukodystrophies are rare dysmyelinating disorders of the nervous system, which occasionally have an initial psychiatric presentation. This report describes a case of a 9-year-old boy whose initial presentation resembled a bipolar disorder but subsequent work-up revealed an underlying leukodystrophy, most likely Alexander's disease. The course of this rare disease along with the implications of making a diagnosis of leukodystrophy in a psychiatric setting is discussed.



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