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Acute catatonia on medical wards: a case series

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Medical Case Reports, July 2018
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Acute catatonia on medical wards: a case series
Published in
Journal of Medical Case Reports, July 2018
DOI 10.1186/s13256-018-1714-z
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Elisabeth Doran, John D. Sheehan


Catatonia is a behavioral syndrome which presents with an inability to move normally. It is associated with mood disorders and schizophrenia, as well as with medical and neurological conditions. It is an expression of the severity of the underlying condition. The awareness of catatonia among general medical doctors and even psychiatrists is poor. It is often seen as an historical diagnosis. Because of this, catatonia is often not recognized. If patients in catatonic states are not diagnosed, their condition is likely to progress with a risk of increased morbidity and potentially fatal outcomes. We present a case series of three acutely unwell, frail, elderly medical patients (a 65-year-old Irish woman, a 75-year-old Irish woman, and a 68-year-old Irish woman) with a background of longstanding well-controlled psychiatric illnesses, who developed acute catatonia while being treated for medical conditions in a general medical in-patient setting. Catatonia is common in acute medical settings but is underdiagnosed due to the low awareness of the condition among both general medical doctors and psychiatrists. Within a short time period, we diagnosed and successfully treated three acutely unwell patients in acute medical settings. We would like to increase the awareness of catatonia among medical doctors.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 72 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 14%
Student > Master 9 13%
Researcher 9 13%
Student > Postgraduate 5 7%
Other 11 15%
Unknown 18 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 30 42%
Psychology 7 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 7%
Neuroscience 5 7%
Engineering 2 3%
Other 3 4%
Unknown 20 28%

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