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neuroleptic malignant syndrome

Takayuki Komatsu, Tomohisa Nomura, Hiroki Takami, So Sakamoto, Keiko Mizuno, Hajime Sekii, Kotaro Hatta, Manabu Sugita
A 42-year-old Japanese woman with a 10-year history of schizophrenia was admitted due to a disturbance in consciousness that met the diagnostic criteria for both neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) and malignant catatonia. Despite systemic supportive treatments, the catatonic symptoms preceding autonomic symptoms persisted. The symptoms improved after lorazepam administration, leading to a retrospective diagnosis of malignant catatonia. Catatonia is thought to be caused by a dysfunction of ganmma-aminobutyric acid type A receptors in the cortico-cortical networks of the frontal lobes, which causes hypoactivity of the dopaminergic transmission in the subcortical areas...
2016: Internal Medicine
Jaspinder Kaur, Dileep Kumar, Mostafa Alfishawy, Ricardo Lopez, Issac Sachmechi
Paliperidone, an active metabolite of risperidone, is a new atypical antipsychotic agent. Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (SIADH), neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), and rhabdomyolysis are the uncommon side effects of psychotropic drugs. We report a case of 35-year-old male with schizoaffective disorder who was admitted for acute-on-chronic exacerbation of his psychotic disorder for which intramuscular paliperidone 234 mg injection was given. Two days later, the patient developed hyponatremic seizures secondary to SIADH which was treated with hypertonic saline...
2016: Case Reports in Critical Care
Katharina Grau, Paul L Plener, Maximilian Gahr, Christian Denzer, Roland W Freudenmann
Risperidone is a widely used, second-generation antipsychotic approved for treating schizophrenia as well as for treating aggression in children and adolescents with mental retardation. The substance has a well-established risk profile including alterations of body temperature. Apart from hyperthermia with and without full-blown malignant neuroleptic syndrome, low body temperatures (hypothermia) have also been reported anecdotally, usually appearing in the context of comedication. Here, we report a case of hypothermia associated with a low-dose risperidone monotherapy in a child...
September 29, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie
Marina Šagud, Bjanka Vuksan-Ćusa, Božina Nada, Mila Lovrić, Alma Mihaljević-Peleš, Milivoj Kramarić
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Gunchan Paul, Gautam L Parshotam, Rajneesh Garg
Soma (Carisoprodol) is N-isopropyl-2 methyl-2-propyl-1,3-propanediol dicarbamate; a commonly prescribed, centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a potentially life-threatening adverse effect of antipsychotic agents. Although diagnostic criteria for NMS have been established, it should be recognized that atypical presentations occur and more flexible diagnostic criteria than currently mandated, may be warranted. We wish to report a postoperative case of bilateral knee replacement who presented with carisoprodol (Soma) withdrawal resembling NMS that was a diagnostic dilemma...
July 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
Rafael Quintes Ducasble Gomes, Amilton Dos Santos-Júnior, Gabriel Augusto de Araujo Silva Dias, Carlos Filinto da Silva Cais
This report aims at raising clinical awareness for the diagnosis of atypical presentations of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). We describe the case of a female patient with NMS symptoms, except fever, after starting the use of chlorpromazine. The afebrile condition delayed the consideration of NMS by the emergency clinicians who provided her initial assessment. Before this consideration, an anticholinergic agent, not recommended at this condition, was inadvertently prescribed. This might have contributed to the worsening of symptoms...
September 2016: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Alan Georges, Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald
This case is important because it is the first time Olanzapine-induced fever has been described in the absence of neuroleptic malignant syndrome. In the context of the available antipsychotics with the atypical agents dominating the pool, only few of those are known to be well tolerated among the patients. Fever may be looked at by the physicians as a minor problem yet, it can be disabling to the large set of patients. Fever was not considerably listed as one of the side effects for Olanzapine and should not be confused with the incomplete neuromalignant syndrome...
July 2016: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
Margaret Rozier, Denise Morita, Marta King
BACKGROUND: Anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by behavioral changes, dyskinesia, and autonomic instability. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: We describe a 14-year-old girl who initially presented with acute behavioral changes and seizures and who over a 2-week period developed high fever, tachycardia, and elevated blood pressures. RESULTS: Because she received multiple medications including anticonvulsants and a neuroleptic, our patient was initially diagnosed with neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a disorder characterized by autonomic dysfunction, hyperthermia, muscle rigidity, and mental status changes usually caused by the use of a neuroleptic agent...
October 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Daniel J Niven, Kevin B Laupland
Elevation in core body temperature is one of the most frequently detected abnormal signs in patients admitted to adult ICUs, and is associated with increased mortality in select populations of critically ill patients. The definition of an elevated body temperature varies considerably by population and thermometer, and is commonly defined by a temperature of 38.0 °C or greater. Terms such as hyperthermia, pyrexia, and fever are often used interchangeably. However, strictly speaking hyperthermia refers to the elevation in body temperature that occurs without an increase in the hypothalamic set point, such as in response to specific environmental (e...
2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Kiran K Kumar, Swapna Bondade, Fiaz Ahmed Sattar, Niharika Singh
Disulfiram is a widely used drug in the management of alcohol dependence syndrome as an aversive agent. Although a drug of high efficacy, it has a large number of side effects. Disulfiram-induced catatonia is a known rare side effect of the drug and herein we report a case of what appeared to be the sequential development of malignant catatonia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome in a patient with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence syndrome and co-morbid paranoid schizophrenia following disulfiram overdose. Clinicians need to be vigilant on the emergence of such rare side effects...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
Tyler R Reese, Derrick J Thiel, Katherine E Cocker
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia pose management challenges for caregivers and clinicians. Firstline nonpharmacologic treatments include eliminating physical and emotional stressors, modifying the patient's environment, and establishing daily routines. Family members and caregivers benefit from education about dementia symptoms and reminders that the behaviors are normal and unintentional. Cognitive and emotion-oriented interventions, sensory stimulation interventions, behavior management techniques, and other psychosocial interventions are modestly effective...
August 15, 2016: American Family Physician
Klaus Damgaard Jakobsen, Christina Hedegaard Bruhn, Anne-Katrine Pagsberg, Anders Fink-Jensen, Jimmi Nielsen
Aripiprazole is a partial dopamine agonist with only minor neurological and psychiatric adverse effects, making it a potential first-line drug for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. However, the evidence of its use in children and adolescents is rather sparse. The aim of this case study is to discuss adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports concerning aripiprazole-associated neurological and psychiatric events in children and adolescents. The ADR report database at Danish Medicines Agency was searched for all ADRs involving children and adolescents (<18 years) reported by the search term [aripiprazole] AND all spontaneous reports since the introduction of aripiprazole in 2003 until December 31, 2015...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Linn E Katus, Steven J Frucht
Serotonin syndrome (SS) and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) can present similarly and range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Although they are easily misdiagnosed, each is distinct clinically and pathophysiologically. It is important to distinguish between the two, as therapeutic options differ. An accurate and thorough medication history plus knowledge of the various clinical presentations of both syndromes are the first steps in management. After this, removing the offending agents and aggressive supportive care are crucial...
September 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Bino Rajamani, Yashwant Kumar, Sajitha M F Rahman
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a life-threatening emergency that is often seen as a complication of antipsychotic agents. It is characterized by a tetrad of motor, behavioral, autonomic, and laboratory abnormalities. We report a case of a 34-year-old man with a history of newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes mellitus, mental retardation, and behavioral abnormalities who developed NMS after starting on antipsychotic agents. He presented with high temperature, muscle rigidity, tachycardia, and elevated blood pressure...
January 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Faizan Mazhar, Shahzad Akram, Nafis Haider, Rafeeque Ahmed
Antipsychotic and antidepressant are often used in combination for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The concomitant use of antipsychotic and/or antidepressant with drugs that may interact can lead to rare, life-threatening conditions such as serotonin syndrome and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. We describe a patient who has a history of taking two offending drugs that interact with drugs given during the course of hospital treatment which leads to the development of serotonin syndrome overlapped with neuroleptic malignant syndrome...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
P Casas Reza, M Gestal Vázquez, Á Outeiro Rosato, S López Álvarez, P Diéguez García
Neuroleptics are a group of drugs widely used in the treatment of psychotic symptoms. Among their adverse effects is the ability to trigger a neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). The diagnosis of NMS is determined by exclusion, and its initial therapeutic management should be the withdrawal of neuroleptics, the administration of benzodiazepines, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). ECT is an effective treatment in these patients, and in those cases with a poor response to treatment with antipsychotic drugs...
July 14, 2016: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Dominic J Pileggi, Aaron M Cook
OBJECTIVE: To review evidence for the treatment of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) and to discuss how to rechallenge patients with neuroleptics when continued pharmacotherapy for chronic psychological illness is required. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was conducted through March 2016 using available medical subject heading (MeSH) terms and keywords that included neuroleptic malignant syndrome, treatment, dantrolene, and bromocriptine A manual search of article reference sections followed...
July 15, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Ursula Werneke, Fariba Jamshidi, David M Taylor, Michael Ott
BACKGROUND: Serotonin syndrome is a toxic state, caused by serotonin (5HT) excess in the central nervous system. Serotonin syndrome's main feature is neuro-muscular hyperexcitability, which in many cases is mild but in some cases can become life-threatening. The diagnosis of serotonin syndrome remains challenging since it can only be made on clinical grounds. Three diagnostic criteria systems, Sternbach, Radomski and Hunter classifications, are available. Here we test the validity of four assumptions that have become widely accepted: (1) The Hunter classification performs clinically better than the Sternbach and Radomski criteria; (2) in contrast to neuroleptic malignant syndrome, the onset of serotonin syndrome is usually rapid; (3) hyperthermia is a hallmark of severe serotonin syndrome; and (4) serotonin syndrome can readily be distinguished from neuroleptic malignant syndrome on clinical grounds and on the basis of medication history...
2016: BMC Neurology
Jeannie D Lochhead, Michele A Nelson, Alan L Schneider
Clozapine is often considered the gold standard for the treatment of schizophrenia. Clinical guidelines suggest a gradual titration over 2 weeks to reduce the risks of adverse events such as seizures, hypotension, agranulocytosis, and myocarditis. The slow titration often delays time to therapeutic response. This raises the question of whether, in some patients, it may be safe to use a more rapid clozapine titration. The following case illustrates the potential risks associated with the use of multiple antipsychotics and rapid clozapine titration...
May 18, 2016: Mental Illness
Vaibhav Patil, Rishab Gupta, Rohit Verma, Yatan Pal Singh Balhara
Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is an idiosyncratic and potentially life-threatening reaction to neuroleptic drugs. Lithium is a first-line mood stabilizer used in the treatment and prophylaxis of bipolar disorder. There are several case reports of lithium-associated NMS, but only when it was given in combination with antipsychotics. Therefore, the possibility of NMS being secondary to the antipsychotics could not be ruled out in those cases. Here we present a case of lithium-induced NMS in a patient who was not being treated concomitantly with any other agent known to cause NMS...
July 2016: Oman Medical Journal
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