Diagnostic delays and dilemmas : Management of affected patients in the psychiatric inpatient unit of a general children's hospital.
We present the role of the medical-psychiatric unit in the management of children and adolescents with somatic symptoms in whom diagnosis remains uncertain or delayed, which can lead to severe impairment in the child's normal development and functioning and cause anger and hostility in the families.
We describe two patients, one with cyclic vomiting syndrome, considered a medical disorder, and the other with conversion disorder, considered a psychiatric disorder.
Both patients had had multiple ER admissions and outpatient visits with elaborate and expensive diagnostic workups.
On admission to our unit, a coherent and integrated treatment plan was finally formulated and successfully implemented.
We discuss the advantage of the medical-psychiatric unit for simultaneous medical and psychosocial intervention early in the development of symptoms and signs.
The units need to be ready and able to cope with a wide range of medical and psychiatric disorders with different levels of gravity.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Association morbide, Hospitalisation, Délai, Diagnostic, Traitement, Organisation santé, Service hospitalier, Hôpital général, Pédiatrie, Israël, Asie, Etude cas, Adolescent, Homme, Femelle, Maladie somatique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Concomitant disease, Hospitalization, Time lag, Diagnosis, Treatment, Public health organization, Hospital ward, General hospital, Pediatrics, Israel, Asia, Case study, Adolescent, Human, Female, Somatic disease
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Cote : 99-0350252
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 14/12/1999.