Psychosis due to non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis

Age Ageing. 2010 Mar;39(2):276-7. Epub  2010 Jan 7.

Psychosis due to non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis.


Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, CA2 7HY, UK.


Non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis or marantic endocarditis is an uncommon and frequently terminal condition. We report non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis presenting as a psychotic illness. The underlying cause was found to be adenocarcinoma of the lung. The patient was nursed on a specialist joint medical/psychiatric unit. Many medical illnesses can present with psychosis in older people: this is the first case report of this presentation in non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis.


  1. what exactly does uncommon and “frequently terminal” mean? how can you tell this is what you are experiencing?

    1. hi John, I pulled that off of a Medline search, you would have to contact the author or a medical doctor for the meaning. this site is just a collection of information and does not give out medical advice, thank you for your comment!

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