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Kleptomania like Features in a Case of Schizophrenia following Age-related Cortical Atrophy

Keywords : Frontal lobe damage, Kleptomania, Orbitofrontal cortex, Schizophrenia

Citation Information : Kleptomania like Features in a Case of Schizophrenia following Age-related Cortical Atrophy. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2018; 12 (1):31-33.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0016

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


Kleptomania is a disorder of impulse control characterized by the impulse to steal objects that are not of much personal use or monetary value and the inability to control that impulse. Though there is a dearth of imaging studies of kleptomania, the literature suggests thatdamage of the orbitofrontal cortex and the orbitofrontal subcortical circuits may be implicated in kleptomania. The following case report presents a case of schizophrenia that developed frontal lobe ischemic changes with age resulting in the genesis of kleptomania like symptoms.

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