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A patient with primary hypochondriasis who has its psychodynamic origin in the unconscious gratification of bodily symptoms and physical suffering that begins when a patient mistakenly assigns serious disease to normal bodily functions or to benign symptoms of trivial illnesses or to the somatic symptoms of emotional arousal
orphan patient Psychiatry A Pt with primary hypochondriasis that has its psychodynamic origin in the unconscious gratifications of bodily Sx and physical suffering that begins when a Pt mistakenly assigns serious disease to normal bodily functions or to benign Sx of trivial illnesses or to the somatic Sx of emotional arousal. See Munchausen syndrome, Self-mutilation.
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The firm is focused on the development and commercialization of Arikace, or liposomal amikacin for inhalation, for at least two identified orphan patient
populations: patients with nontuberculous mycobacteria lung infections and cystic fibrosis patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections.
Omer Choudhri as a hospitalist to be responsible for "orphan patients" while they are being treated there.
The number of orphan patients has continued to increase in recent years, as family practitioners forgo hospital privileges to concentrate on their office-based practices.