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Malignant Catatonia

Ayša Ízkul, Ali Akyol, Yusuf Tamam.

Abstract
Catatonia is a syndrome characterized by mutism, immobility, negativism, stereotypy, mannerisms, echophenomena, perseveration and passive obedience. The underlying causes can be psychiatric or may be associated with general medical status or neurological diseases. Additionally catatoni has two subtypes as malignant and nonmalignant catotonia. Main symptoms of malignant catatonia are hyperthermia and autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, tachypnea and hyperhidrosis. It is important to make the diagnosis as early as possible for an appropriate medical treatment. Clinicians should be aware of the fatal outcome of the disease.

Key words: Catatonia, Malign Catatonia, Neuroleptic Malign Syndrome



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