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Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research
College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin
ISSN: 1596-6941
Vol. 7, No. 1-2, 2008, pp. 5-11
Bioline Code: jm08001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research, Vol. 7, No. 1-2, 2008, pp. 5-11

 en A Study of Personality And Psychological Distress Among Delusional Halitosis Patients
Akhigbe, K. O.; Koleoso, O. N.; Akpata, O. & Omoregie, F.O.


An assessment of personality and psychological distress of people living with delusional halitosis attending Oral Wellness Centre (OWC) at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City over a six-month period was undertaken. Five (5) patients with age range of 18-30 years and a mean age of 24 years (SD = 4.47) were included in the study. These individuals manifested multiple symptoms associated with distress and they experienced personal discomfort and social embarrassment leading to emotional distress. The study highlights the importance of assessing personality characteristics and psychological dysfunction of patients presenting with delusional halitosis. A multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of delusional halitosis cannot, therefore be overemphasized.

Oral malodour, Personality characteristics, Pychological distress, Delusional halitosis, Volatile sulphur compounds

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