Rapidly-progressive catatonia responsive to zolpidem in a patient with ovarian teratoma-associated paraneoplastic encephalitis

Edilberto Amorim, Eric M. McDade

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Abstract

Psychiatric symptoms and catatonia are key components of the clinical presentation of paraneoplastic encephalitis; additionally symptoms can be long-lasting and often difficult to treat. We report a 73-year-old patient with rapidly progressive catatonia not responsive to immunotherapy, tumor resection, electroconvulsive therapy, or benzodiazepines who had significant improvement after zolpidem administration. This report suggests that zolpidem is an option in the treatment of patients with refractory catatonia and paraneoplastic encephalitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-138
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume30
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Catatonia
  • Ovarian teratoma
  • Paraneoplastic encephalitis
  • Zolpidem

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