PERSISTENT CATATONIA IN A PREGNANT NIGERIAN WOMAN: A CASE REPORT

Aghukwa N.C., Takai M.G,

Available online Jul 19, 2018.

[ Report ] Volume 24, Issue 2, 2015, Pages 179-182


Abstract

BACKGROUND
The syndrome of catatonia appears to exist with many conditions, yet goes undetected by the skillful eyes of
clinicians.This case which is rarely reported in literatures shows the effectiveness of antipsychotic augmenting in a
persistent catatonic schizophrenia disorder.
METHOD
This is a case narration of persistent catatonia in a 24-years old pregnant Nigerian woman with schizophrenia
disorder.
RESULTS
First line management with benzodiazepines and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) failed to resolve the syndrome
which later responded to Electroconvulsive Therapy with low dose antipsychotic augmentation.
CONCLUSIONS
Cautious augmenting of electroconvulsive therapy with neuroleptics may be a quick and relatively safe procedure in
the relief of schizophrenia with catatonia in pregnancy.


Keywords

Catatonia, Schizophrenia, Treatment,