Steroid-induced psychosis

Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2019 Jul 22;32(4):614-615. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2019.1629223. eCollection 2019 Oct.


Steroid-induced psychosis is a well-documented phenomenon. It usually occurs with oral systemic steroid treatment and is more common at higher doses, although there are case reports of occurrence with local steroid injections. We report a case of a 35-year-old man with no previous history of psychosis who was seen for follow-up after a brief psychotic episode following an injection of 5 mg of dexamethasone into his scrotum the previous day. The injection was given to treat chronic pain from a combat injury.

Keywords: DSM-5; Dexamethasone; psychotic episode; steroid treatment; steroid-induced psychosis.

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  • Case Reports