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Catatonia Associated With Hyponatremia Treated With Electroconvulsive Therapy

Grover, Sandeep MD; Kattharaghatta Girigowda, Vijay MD; Aggarwal, Munish MD; Malhotra, Nidhi MBBS

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3182545192
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Abstract: Catatonia has been reported to occur in various brain pathologies and systemic conditions. We present a case of catatonia associated with hyponatremia treated with a course of electroconvulsive therapy. A 48-year-old woman presented with catatonia and, upon investigation, was found to have persistent/recurrent hyponatremia. Upon investigation also, she was found to have adrenal insufficiency. Her symptoms of catatonia did not respond to correction of hyponatremia, a course of lorazepam, after which she was treated with ECT, with which her catatonia improved.

From the Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.

Received for publication March 5, 2012; accepted March 5, 2012.

Reprints: Sandeep Grover, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India (e-mail: drsandeepg2002@yahoo.com).

No funding was received for this work.

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures to report.

© 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins