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Successful Treatment of Catatonia in a Young Man With Schizophrenia and Progressive Diffuse Cerebral Atrophy
Valerica Ene-Stroescu, M.D.; Thanh Nguyen, M.D.; Brian E. Waiblinger, M.D.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2014;26:E21-E22. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13010007
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The authors indicate that they have no conflict of interest to disclose and no support was received from any grant or other funding source.

Department of Psychiatry Western State Hospital, Tacoma WA

Correspondence: Valerica Ene-Stroescu, M.D. e-mail enestva@dshs.wa.gov

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: This report describes the case of a young man with schizophrenia, catatonic type, and progressive brain volume loss on MRI who responded well to aggressive treatment of catatonic symptoms.

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