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Organic Catatonia: A Review

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Niraj Ahuja


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Catatonia is a clinical syndrome associated with a wide variety of psychiatric, medical and neurological disorders. Despite several reports in the literature of a wide range of medical and neurological diseases causing catatonia, there has been a tendency to consider catatonia as purely psychiatric disorder. The review attempts to look at the concept of organic catatonia from a historical viewpoint, including its place in the psychiatric classification, discusses the various etiological causes of organic catatonia, and them goes through some important management issues in organic catatonia. The review suggests that organic catatonic disorder must be first considered in every patient with catatonic signs, particularly in a patient with new onset catatonia.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ahuja N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Year: 2000

Volume: 42

Issue: 4

Pages: 327-346

ISSN (print): 0019-5545

ISSN (electronic): 1998-3794

Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd


PubMed id: 21407968