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Hallucinations in severe, repeated Sydenham's chorea in an Indigenous girl in North-West Queensland


Professor John Whitehall, Department of Paediatrics, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, Sydney, NSW 1797, Australia. Fax: +61 02 46 20 3891; email:


Sydenham's chorea is a cardinal feature of rheumatic fever. It is known by its dyskinesia and susceptibility to carditis, but associated psychiatric disorder is being recognised. This has included tics and obsessive compulsive disorder, but we report hallucinations in an indigenous girl, suffering her third bout of chorea.