Vol. 11 nº 2 - Apr/May/Jun de 2017
Case Report Páginas: 209 a 212

Catatonia, beyond a psychiatric syndrome

Authors Nathália Stela Visoná de Figueiredo1; Débora Bartzen Moraes Angst1; Antônio de Matos Lima Neto1; Michel Ferreira Machado1; Maria Sheila Guimarães Rocha2; Sônia Maria Dozzi Brucki


keywords: catatonia, intracranial sinus thrombosis, brain infarction, status epilepticus.

Although catatonia is a well-known psychiatric syndrome, there are many possible systemic and neurological etiologies. The aim of this case report was to present a case of a patient with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and infarction in which catatonia was the clinical manifestation of a possible nonconvulsive status epilepticus. To our knowledge, only one such case has been reported in the literature, which had a simplified diagnostic investigation. It is important to correctly recognize the organic cause underlying catatonia in order to treat the patient as soon as possible thereby improving outcome. Therefore, physicians need to update their knowledge on catatonia, recognizing that it can be part of a psychiatric or neurologic condition.


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