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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 179-182

Persistent catatonia in a pregnant Nigerian woman: A case report

Department of Psychiatry, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

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N C Aghukwa
Department of Psychiatry,Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano
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DOI: 10.4103/1115-2613.278307

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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.

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