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Immediate Response to Lorazepam in a Patient With 17 years of Chronic Catatonia
Lokesh K. Singh, M.B.B.S., D.P.M., M.D., F.I.P.S.; Samir Kumar Praharaj, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.P.M.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2013;25:E47-E48. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.12070181
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Dept. of Psychiatry All India Institute of Medical Sciences Raipur, India - 492099
Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India - 576104

Correspondence: Dr. Singh; e-mail: singhlokesh123@gmail.com

Copyright © 2013 American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: The prevalence of catatonia among psychiatric patients ranges from 7.6% to 38%.1 The concurrent or underlying diagnoses in these catatonic patients can be affective disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, a range of medical/neurological illnesses, and benzodiazepines withdrawal. The most common signs are mutism, posturing, negativism, staring, rigidity, echolalia, and echopraxia. Benzodiazepine and electroconvulsive therapy have been the first-line treatments for almost all types of catatonia.2 This case is interesting as it established the utility of short course of lorazepam in a chronic case of catatonia without further recurrence of the condition.

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