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Case Rep Neurol. 2013 Jan;5(1):10-3. doi: 10.1159/000346594. Epub 2013 Jan 18.

Renal failure in dementia with lewy bodies presenting as catatonia.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., USA.


Catatonia, originally described by Karl Kahlbaum in 1874, may be regarded as a set of clinical features found in a subtype of schizophrenia, but the syndrome may also stem from organic causes including vascular parkinsonism, brain masses, globus pallidus lesions, metabolic derangements, and pharmacologic agents, especially first generation antipsychotics. Catatonia may include paratonia, waxy flexibility (cerea flexibilitas), stupor, mutism, echolalia, and catalepsy (abnormal posturing). A case of catatonia as a result of acute renal failure in a patient with dementia with Lewy bodies is described. This patient recovered after intravenous fluid administration and reinstitution of the atypical dopamine receptor blocking agent quetiapine, but benzodiazepines and amantadine are additional possible treatments. Recognition of organic causes of catatonia leads to timely treatment and resolution of the syndrome.


Catalepsy; Catatonia; Dementia with Lewy bodies

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