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Title: Pathological yawning in a patient with anxiety and chronic disease anaemia
Authors: Uludağ Üniversitesi/Tıp Fakültesi/Nöroloji Anabilim Dalı.
Uludağ Üniversitesi/Tıp Fakültesi/Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı.
Taşkapılıoğlu, Özlem
Akkaya, Cengiz
Sarandöl, Aslı
Kirli, Selçuk
Keywords: Anaemia
Neurosciences & neurology
Pharmacology & pharmacy
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Taşkapılıoğlu, Ö. vd. (2009). "Pathological yawning in a patient with anxiety and chronic disease anaemia". Journal of Psychopharmacology, 23(2), 211-213.
Abstract: Yawning, frequent in daily life, is accepted as a complex arousal reflex. Excessive yawning may be due to neurological, psychiatric, infectious, gastrointestinal or metabolic diseases. This reflex has also been associated with different selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. We report a female patient, with excessive yawning, who was on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment with the diagnosis of generalised anxiety disorder. She was then found to have endometrial carcinoma. Her complaints of palpitation, shortness of breath and loss of energy might be explained by a psychiatric disease and/or anaemia. Previous anaemic periods and partial response of her psychiatric symptoms during last 3 years alerted us to think about an organic cause. Investigations for chronic disease anaemia resulted in diagnosis of endometrial carcinoma. This case is a good example showing misdiagnosis caused by medical stigmatisation.
ISSN: 0269-8811
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