Clozapine responsive catatonia: A series of five cases

Ind Psychiatry J. 2012 Jan;21(1):66-8. doi: 10.4103/0972-6748.110955.


The main objective of presenting the case series is that despite dramatic symptomatic response by intra venous lorazepam or electro convulsive therapy irrespective of primary diagnosis in catatonia cases some cases remain difficult to treat by conventional treatment. Here, we present five catatonia cases who did not respond to conventional treatment even when treated for primary psychiatric diagnosis along with treatment for catatonia. They ultimately responded partially or completely to clozapine only, which explains the multi-factorial causation of catatonia syndrome as postulated by different scientific research.

Keywords: Catatonia; clozapine; electro convulsive therapy; lorazepam.

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  • Case Reports