A Case of Reduplicative Paramnesia for Home

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Abstract

We present the case of a high-functioning 88-year-old woman who suddenly developed the persistent and disturbing belief that her home of 40 years was not genuine, but rather an accurate replica. Her episode was probably caused by a small stroke that left her with this single extremely specific deficit. We describe the patient in detail and link to a video interview of her 3 months after the onset of the delusion, eloquently describing her experience. We summarize some of the many reports and discussions of our patient’s delusion, reduplicative paramnesia, as well as other delusional misidentification syndromes.

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