Feeling of fever is a feature of psychiatric illness in our patients

Authors

  • Nazmul Huda Assistant professor of Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • Md Nure Alam Siddiqui Assistant professor of Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • Md Zahirul Haque Assistant professor of Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • Md Azizul Hoque Associate professor of Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • MMR Khan Associate professor of Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • MK Rahman Associate professor of Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • Md Rafiqul Islam Assistant professor of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College, Rajshahi
  • Abdullah Al Mamun Hussain Professor of Psychiatry, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi
  • Jawadul Haque Professor of Community Medicine, Rajshahi Medical College, Rajshahi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/taj.v27i1.37600

Abstract

The patients present to their physician with their somatic symptoms which are attributable to some medical illness. This is not always true. Sometimes a few patients present with the complaints of prolonged fever for months to year duration. As fever is an important vital sign it gains attention of the physician to work up and reveal the cause. In this study apparently healthy patients who complained of prolonged fever were clinically assessed, routine investigations were done and found normal. Then they were provided with a temperature chart to note down body temperature with a thermometer for one week from first visit. Afebrile such fifty patients complaining of fever were referred to psychiatrist for evaluation. All patients showed some sort of psychiatric illness. 20 (40%) were of generalized anxiety disorder, 10 (20%) depression, 5 (10%) mixed anxiety and depression, 5 (10%) obsessive compulsive disorder, 10 (20%) somatoform disorder. The practicing physician may encounter many patients of prolonged fever which are not febrile at all so they need psychiatric assessment and treatment to relieve their distress.

TAJ 2014; 27(1): 1-3

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Published

2018-11-28

How to Cite

Huda, N., Siddiqui, M. N. A., Haque, M. Z., Hoque, M. A., Khan, M., Rahman, M., Islam, M. R., Hussain, A. A. M., & Haque, J. (2018). Feeling of fever is a feature of psychiatric illness in our patients. TAJ: Journal of Teachers Association, 27(1), 1–3. https://doi.org/10.3329/taj.v27i1.37600

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