Psychiatric morbidity in patients with transverse myelitis and stroke

A comparison

Raman Baweja, Ajit Avasthi, Subho Chakrabarti, Sudesh Prabhakar

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Background: Psychiatric morbidity may be highly prevalent in transverse myelitis (TM), but data on this aspect are limited. Aim: To assess psychiatric morbidity in a clinical sample of patients with idiopathic TM compared to patients with a recent stroke. Materials and Methods: Consecutive patients with idiopathic TM and stroke (30 each) underwent two-stage screening with the General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12) and Structured Clinical Interview for Axis I DSM-IV Disorders - Clinician Version (SCID I-CV), and ratings of depression, disability levels, and cognitive impairment. Results: Seventy percent of the patients with TM scored above the cut-off on the GHQ; 30% had a positive diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder. Major depression (17%) was the commonest psychiatric disorder. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores indicated cognitive impairment in 23% of patients with TM. Higher GHQ-12 scores were associated with greater disability. These results were similar to those obtained among patients with stroke. Conclusion: A high prevalence of psychological distress and psychiatric morbidity was found in idiopathic TM. This morbidity was associated with greater disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Transverse Myelitis
Psychiatry
Stroke
Morbidity
Depression
Health
Mental Disorders
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Interviews
Psychology

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Baweja, Raman ; Avasthi, Ajit ; Chakrabarti, Subho ; Prabhakar, Sudesh. / Psychiatric morbidity in patients with transverse myelitis and stroke : A comparison. In: Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2013 ; Vol. 55, No. 1. pp. 59-62.
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Psychiatric morbidity in patients with transverse myelitis and stroke : A comparison. / Baweja, Raman; Avasthi, Ajit; Chakrabarti, Subho; Prabhakar, Sudesh.

In: Indian Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 55, No. 1, 01.01.2013, p. 59-62.

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