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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-131

Olfactory reference syndrome treated with electroconvulsive therapy

Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Avinash De Sousa
De Sousa, Carmel, 18, Street Francis Road, Off S. V. Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai - 400 054, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_28_17

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Olfactory reference syndrome(ORS) is a distressing clinical condition characterized by the belief that one's body emits a foul odor which disturbs others though others are unable to perceive the same. The disorder is characterized also by delusions of reference and olfactory hallucinations which may be present. The disorder usually shows a multifaceted picture and may mimic depression, somatoform disorders, obsessive–compulsive disorder, hypochondriasis and at times delusional disorder or schizophrenia. We present here a case of ORS that presented with delusions and suicidal ideation and responded well to a course of electroconvulsive therapy.

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