Long-term maintenance lorazepam for catatonia: a case report.
Author(s): Grover S, Aggarwal M
Affiliation(s): Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh 160012, India. firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date & source: 2011-01, Gen Hosp Psychiatry., 33(1):82.e1-3. Epub 2010 Aug 10.
Publication type: Case Reports
Catatonia is described as a syndrome of motor abnormality associated with the disorder of thought, behavior and emotions. Lorazepam has been shown to be useful in the short-term management of catatonia [Ungvari G.S., Kau L.S., Wai-Kwong T., Shing N.F., The pharmacological treatment of catatonia: an overview. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 2001;251(suppl 1):31-34; Daniels J., Catatonia: clinical aspects and neurobiological correlates. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 2009;21:371-380]. However, there is sparse literature with respect to patients requiring long-term maintenance lorazepam for catatonia. Manjunatha et al. [Manjunatha N., Saddichha S., Khess C.R.J., Idiopathic recurrent catatonia needs maintenance lorazepam: case report and review. Aust NZ J Psychiatry 2007;41:625-627] described a case which required long-term maintenance lorazepam for recurrent catatonia that was unresponsive to most antipsychotics. Gaind et al. [Gaind G.S., Rosebush P.I., Mazurek M.F., Lorazepam treatment of acute and chronic catatonia in two mentally retarded brothers. J Clin Psychiatry 1994;55:20-23] described the use of maintenance lorazepam in a mentally retarded boy with catatonia of 5 years' duration, which improved slowly over a period of 5 months. We present a case of recurrent catatonia, in which symptoms relapsed whenever an attempt was made to taper off lorazepam. Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.