Catatonia in an Adolescent Girl with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Complexity of Diagnosis, Treatment, and 3-Year Outcome

  • Allan Michael AndersenEmail author
  • Lee Elizabeth Wachtel


Catatonia has been resurrected as a diagnosis over the past 30 years and is now known to occur in a wide variety of psychiatric and medical scenarios. Increased emphasis has also been placed on recognizing this striking clinical entity in special populations including children and adolescents, and those with developmental disorders. Here we present a case of an adolescent female with inflammatory bowel disease who experienced a succession of provoking factors eventually culminating in catatonia. Her course was complicated by difficulty distinguishing catatonia from delirium, but she responded well once specific treatment was provided. Her case illustrates the importance of considering catatonia in medically complex patients.


Catatonia Delirium ECT 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Michael Andersen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lee Elizabeth Wachtel
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Neurobehavioral Unit, Kennedy Krieger InstituteBaltimoreUSA

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