European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience

, Volume 243, Issue 6, pp 299–303

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome and catatonia

A report of three cases

Authors

  • Michele Raja
    • Ospedale “Santo Spirito”, Dipartimento di salute mentale USL RM11Servizio Psichiatrico di Diagnosi e Cura
  • Maria Concetta Altavista
    • Ospedale “Santo Spirito”, Dipartimento di salute mentale USL RM11Servizio Psichiatrico di Diagnosi e Cura
  • Stefano Cavallari
    • Ospedale “Santo Spirito”, Dipartimento di salute mentale USL RM11Servizio Psichiatrico di Diagnosi e Cura
  • Loredana Lubich
    • Ospedale “Santo Spirito”, Dipartimento di salute mentale USL RM11Servizio Psichiatrico di Diagnosi e Cura
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02195723

Cite this article as:
Raja, M., Altavista, M.C., Cavallari, S. et al. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Nuerosci (1994) 243: 299. doi:10.1007/BF02195723

Summary

In a series of 1007 consecutively admitted patients, 3 cases of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) were identified (0.3%). All three patients were affected by mood disorders with congruent psychotic features, had shown catatonia just before the onset of NMS, and had been treated with low neuroleptic doses. All of them presented low serum iron levels. The relationship between NMS and catatonia and possible therapeutic decisions are discussed.

Key words

Neuroleptic malignant syndromeCatatonia
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