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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735

Abstract

REZENDE BORGES, Livia De; RAMOS MUNOZ, Ángel  and  GONZALEZ, Juan Carlos. Dissociative fugue: A case report and a brief review of the literature. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.4, pp.725-731. ISSN 2340-2733.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S0211-57352011000400010.

Dissociative Fugue is characterized by a sudden trip away from home or work, with inability to recall the past and confusion about the previous identity. We report the case of a patient diagnosed to be sufferer from dissociative fugue referred to our department from Neurology. The patient presented with amnesia for autobiographical memories, having disappeared for days after leaving his workplace. mediate recall was preserved, and other alterations in cognitive functions were not identified. Initially general memories were preserved, however the patient had a great difficulty to explain his previous situation. Later, several conflictive aspects were clarified: a recent drug consumption, chronic family problems, as well as important economic and employment difficulties. This paper discusses the pathogenesis, differential diagnosis and treatment of this disease, with a brief literature review relating findings data within the patient's particular case.

Keywords : Dissociative fugue; psychogenic amnesia; dissociative disorder; escape reaction.

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