Briquet’s Syndrome

Briquet’s Syndrome was named after Paul Briquet, who first described the disorder in 1859. Patients with this disorder experience feelings of being sick most of their lives, as they complain multiple vague, recurring symptoms referable to various organ systems. Despite repeated consultations, hospitalizations, and diagnostic procedures revealing negative results, patients continue to seek medical care to take prescription drugs, and undergo unnecessary further diagnostic procedures. This disorder usually starts in teenage years (before age 30) and affects females more as compared to males. As a term, “Briquet’s Syndrome” was used in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM III). However, this term is not anymore used in the current DSM 5. Instead, the classification, “Somatoform Disorders”, is being clinically utilized.

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