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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.70 no.7 São Paulo July 2012 



Dengue and psychiatry disorder


Dengue e desordens psiquiátricas



Beuy JoobI; Viroj WiwanitkitII

ISanitation1 Medical, Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
IIWiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand; Visiting University Professor, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China; Adjunct Professor, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Nigeria




Dear Editors,

The recent publication on dengue and psychiatry disorder is quite interesting1. Caixeta et al.1 concluded for "relationship between psychiatric disorder and actions upon environmental conditions that favors dengue, as well as its associated public health burden". Indeed, the psychiatric presentation of dengue is possible and considered uncommon2. The neurological involvement of dengue can be seen in severe case and this can be the explanation for the psychiatric sequelae3. However, for the classical dengue without complication, the relationship between infection and psychiatric manifestation might still be the myth. The actual pathophysiology process has never been clarified although the observation is reported1.



1. Caixeta L, Azevedo PV, Caixeta M, Reimer CH. Psychiatry disorders and dengue: Is there a relationship? Arq Neuropsiquiatr 2011;69:920-923.         [ Links ]

2. Wiwanitkit V. Dengue fever: diagnosis and treatment. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther 2010;8:841-845.         [ Links ]

3. Misra UK, Kalita J, Syam UK, Dhole TN. Neurological manifestations of dengue virus infection. J Neurol Sci 2006;244:117-122.         [ Links ]



Beuy Joob
Sanitation1 Medical
Academic Center, Bangkok Thailand

Received 06 February 2012
Accepted 14 February 2012



Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest to declare.

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