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Beyond what clinicians see: missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis of a woman with autism spectrum disorder


A young woman with autism spectrum disorder was admitted to the hospital via the emergency care unit. On being admitted, she was improperly diagnosed with a psychotic disorder due to her erratic behaviour and incomprehensible refusal to eat. As a result, the patient was hospitalised against her will. For accurate and correct diagnosis and treatment, it was necessary to collect the patient’s detailed clinical history, while being hospitalised.

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychotic disorders (incl schizophrenia)
  • Depressive disorder
  • Developmental paediatrocs

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