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Catatonia: Intensive Care Unit Perspectives

Tushar Patel, Harjit Singh Mahay, Pankaj Kumar

Keywords : Altered mental status, Benzodiazepines, Case report, Catatonia, Intensivist

Citation Information : Patel T, Mahay HS, Kumar P. Catatonia: Intensive Care Unit Perspectives. 2024; 3 (1):28-29.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11006-0090

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-12-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Catatonia is a well-known psychiatric disorder. However, there is evolving evidence of it presenting in several medical and affective disorders. Familiarity with the diagnosis and presentation of catatonia in the intensive care unit (ICU) is often lacking among the intensivists. We hereby report a case of catatonia in a young patient with no history of psychiatric disorders in the past. He underwent a battery of tests to determine the cause of his altered mental status. He was treated with benzodiazepines following a lorazepam test when catatonia was suspected leading to an improvement in his condition. Awareness about catatonia among physicians and intensivists can lead to an early diagnosis and management of such cases.

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