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Volume 5, issue 2

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Lorazepam in catatonia

Alfreda Ruzikowska1
1. Krajowego Zespołu Konsultanta Medycznego w dziedzinie Psychiatrii
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1996, 5, 195-201
Keywords: catatonia, differential diagnosis, treatment, Lorazepam

Abstract

The concept of catatonia, symptoms of the condition and its differential diagnosis are briefly outlined, taking into account diseases underlying catatonic syndromes. On the grounds of the literature prevalence rates of the catatonic syndrome and of its particular symptoms were compared in various mental disorders. Results of treatment with small doses of Lorazepam are discussed with reference both to examples reported in the literature and to the authors' clinical experience with 2 cases of the catatonic syndrome in the course of schizophrenia.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Alfreda Ruzikowska,
ll Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,02-957 Warszawa