Appropriate Evaluation of Psychiatric Patients Highlighted by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A Case Report
- Author(s): Bartlett, Kathryn
- Kane, Kathleen E.
- Kane, Bryan G.
- Weaver, Kevin R.
- Barr, Gavin C.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2020.7.47384
Introduction: Determination of medical stability for patients presenting with psychiatric complaints is common for emergency clinicians. A thorough history and physical examination is important.
Case Report: A 53-year-old male presented to the emergency department (ED) with depression, suicidal ideation, and decline in activities of daily living over six months. While his initial neurologic examination was non-focal, subsequent re-evaluations demonstrated significant changes, and he was ultimately diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Conclusion: This case demonstrates how a detailed history of the present illness could have led to a more accurate and timely medical disposition from the ED.