Delayed-onset post-stroke delusional disorder: A case report

Raíssa B. Barboza, Gabriel R. De Freitas, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Leonardo F. Fontenelle

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Although the prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders among patients with cerebrovascular illness is relatively high, there are only few case reports describing post-stroke psychotic symptoms. In general, post-stroke psychoses have been reported to emerge few days after the vascular event and to vanish soon afterwards. In this report, we describe delayed-onset post-stroke delusional disorder, persecutory type. A middle-aged female patient developed a persistent delusional disorder with homicidal behavior about one year after a cerebrovascular accident affecting the right fronto-temporo-parietal region and a long period of chronic post-stroke mixed anxiety and depressive symptoms. Our case suggests that there might be long intervals between stroke and the appearance of psychotic symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-291
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Persistent delusional disorder
  • Psychotic symptoms
  • Stroke

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