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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

versão impressa ISSN 0034-7450

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RESTREPO B, Diana; DUQUE G, Marle  e  CARDENO C, Carlos. Schizophrenia and Liver Transplantation: Case Report. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.41, n.3, pp.690-701. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Liver transplantation is a treatment available for many patients with liver cirrhosis who find in this treatment a way to improve life expectancy and quality of life. Paranoid schizophrenia affects 1% of the general population, produces psychotic symptoms, and runs a chronic course in some cases with significant deterioration in all areas of life. Objective: To discuss the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia during the evaluation protocol for liver transplantation. Method: Case report. Results: We report the case of a 47-year-old woman with liver cirrhosis whose only alternative to improve life expectancy and quality of life was access to liver transplantation. During routine evaluations the liaison psychiatrist observed first-order psychotic symptoms and documented a life story that confirmed the presence of paranoid schizophrenia. Discussion and Conclusions: Paranoid schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder common in the general population that can be a part of the medical comorbidities of patients requiring liver transplantation and is not an absolute contraindication to its completion. We are unaware of similar cases of liver transplantation in patients with schizophrenia in our country. We believe this is a big step on the road to overcome the stigma that mental illness imposes on patients.

Palavras-chave : Liver transplantation; paranoid schizophrenia; psychiatry.

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