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MÆDICA - a Journal of Clinical Medicine | Vol. 10, nr. 4, 2015
ISSN 1841-9038  |  e-ISSN 2069-6116
ISSN-L 1841-9038
CNCSIS - CMR - B+

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Medicolegal Approach to Diogenes Syndrome: a Case Report

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ABSTRACT

Because of the way of life Greek philosopher Diogenes lived, in the medical literature some older individuals characterized with collection of symptoms and the psychopathology associated with the lack of concern about a person’s living conditions were called as Diogenes Syndrome. In this study we presented a case in terms of Diogenes Syndrome. We aimed to discuss by using the recent medical literature. Our case was a 62 year old male living alone and there were a variety of diseases he had. Diogenes Syndrome was previously identified in 30 elderly patients for the first time in 1975. As well as the typical clinical features of Diogenes Syndrome were defined, for being of potential forensic value, case characteristics belonging to the crime scene, and also probable changes that may be encountered at autopsy were discussed.

Keywords: Diogenes Syndrome, forensic, autopsy

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