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Title: Differential diagnosis of memory impairment in areas affected by a natural disaster: a case report
Authors: Miyagawa, Akemi
Kunii, Yasuto
Gotoh, Daisuke
Ito, Masashi
Itagaki, Shuntaro
Matsumoto, Takatomo
Kumakura, Tetsuo
Yabe, Hirooki
Affiliation: 災害医療支援講座
Source title: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Volume: 67
Issue: 1
Start page: 38
End page: 44
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: We treated a man with a chief complaint of memory impairment after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Initially, he was diagnosed with dementia. However, after several tests, neither could a definitive diagnosis of dementia be reached, nor was there any apparent evidence for depression, epilepsy, delirium, or internal medicine diseases. During the earthquake, the patient experienced the severe trauma of watching his wife being swept away by a tsunami. Furthermore, he experienced separation from his family. Because of this traumatic experience, we suspected that dissociative disorder was involved in the development of the memory impairment and thus, we switched to treatments focusing on emotional support. Subsequently, the patient's memory impairment gradually improved. The present case demonstrates the importance of considering dissociative disorders when examining a patient with memory impairment in areas affected by disasters.
Publisher: The Fukushima Society of Medical Science
Publisher (Alternative foam): 福島医学会
language: eng
URI: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/handle/123456789/1383
Full text URL: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1383/1/FksmJMedSci_67_p38.pdf
ISSN: 0016-2590
DOI: 10.5387/fms.2020-13
PubMed ID: 33731509
Related Page: https://doi.org/10.5387/fms.2020-13
Rights: © 2021 The Fukushima Society of Medical Science. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons [Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International] license.
Rights: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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