A case of catatonia resembling frontotemporal dementia and resolved with electroconvulsive therapy

Kazumasa Suzuki, Takehisa Takano, Hiroo Matsuoka

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Abstract

We describe a case of catatonia in a 51-year-old man in whom the catatonic symptoms could not be distinguished from symptoms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) until they were resolved with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). When it is difficult to distinguish between catatonia and FTD in patients with frontal dysfunction associated with frontal lobe atrophy, we believe that sequential administration of benzodiazepines and ECT is important for therapeutic diagnosis because the risk of missing a diagnosis of catatonia outweighs the risks associated with administration of benzodiazepines and/or ECT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Catatonia
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Frontotemporal dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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