Denial of pregnancy is a condition in which a pregnant patient does not believe she is pregnant. This case describes a 23-year-old Caucasian female, with a past psychiatric history of pseudocyesis, stimulant use disorder, and schizophrenia, who was admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit for the treatment of psychosis, suicidal thoughts, and homicidal ideation. During her hospitalization, an intrauterine pregnancy was confirmed with three serum quantitative human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels and a transabdominal ultrasound. Despite definitive evidence of pregnancy, the patient reported it was impossible she was pregnant and stated she had not had intercourse for more than a year. The patient was treated with IM haloperidol decanoate and PO haloperidol. Care was coordinated with the obstetrics team to ensure the patient and her fetus received adequate prenatal care. After acute stabilization, the patient was discharged with close follow-up. This case presentation describes one of the few documented cases of pregnancy denial in a patient with a history of pseudocyesis. Additionally, this case highlights the ethical issues associated with the treatment of pregnancy denial patients. Additional studies are necessary to fill in the gaps in the literature on this unique condition.
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