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Fear, Folie and Phantom Pregnancy: Pseudocyesis in a Fifteen-Year-Old Girl

  • Peter J. Hardwick (a1) and Carol Fitzpatrick (a2)
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Pseudocyesis is rare in childhood and adolescence. Moreover, in all age groups, there has been little written on its therapeutic handling. We describe a case of pseudocyesis in a fifteen-year-old girl and discuss the therapy in some detail.

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Fear, Folie and Phantom Pregnancy: Pseudocyesis in a Fifteen-Year-Old Girl

  • Peter J. Hardwick (a1) and Carol Fitzpatrick (a2)
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