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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 273-275

Cotard's syndrome in the postoperative period following head and neck cancer surgery – A case report

1 Department of Onco-Anaesthesiology and Palliative Medicine, AIIMS, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Critical Care, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, India

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Seema Mishra
Department of Onco-Anaesthesiology and Palliative Medicine, AIIMS, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_825_20

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Major head and neck surgery is a known factor for postoperative delirium; however, Cotard's syndrome (CS) has been rarely reported following head and neck surgery. We report a case of a 51-year-old man who underwent surgery for carcinoma right buccal mucosa and developed agitation and nihilistic delusion after extubation. The patient had a preexisting psychiatric history which is often reported as a risk factor for CS. Of interest, though is that this condition subsided as quickly as it emerged with only supportive counselling and brief pharmacotherapy.


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