Background: Psychiatric manifestations in patients admitted in neurology and neurosurgery wards are now being increasingly recognized as important causes of morbidity and mortality.
Materials and method: We studied the psychiatric manifestations for referral (N = 46) to consultation-liaison psychiatry services from neurology/neurosurgery between January 2016 and March 2016 using structured clinical proforma.
Results: Space occupying lesions were the most common neurological diagnosis (30%). The most common reason for referral was delirium (20%), followed by dissociative disorders (17%) and psychosis (15%).
Conclusions: Psychiatric co morbidity is high among in-patients with space occupying lesions, epilepsy and movement disorders are common. Timely assessment using structured clinical proforma would help in enhanced detection of delirium and other psychiatric co morbidities.
Keywords: Neurosurgery, Psychiatric illness, Neuro-imaging.