CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Neurosci Rural Pract 2017; 08(S 01): S103-S105
DOI: 10.4103/jnrp.jnrp_47_17
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Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice

Catatonia in Patients with Dementia Admitted to a Geriatric Psychiatry Ward

Puja Sharma
Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
,
Ina Sawhney
Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
,
Walter Jaimes-Albornoz
1  Psychiatry Service, Donostia University Hospital, Basque Health Service-Osakidetza, San Sebastian, Spain
,
Jordi Serra-Mestres
Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
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Publication Date:
03 September 2019 (online)

ABSTRACT

To determine the frequency and characteristics of catatonia in persons with dementia, all patients admitted to an old age psychiatry ward were screened for catatonia with the Bush-Francis Catatonia Screening Instrument (BFCSI) over a period of 6 months. Thirty-seven patients were admitted, and there were 14 patients with dementia. The rate of catatonia in these patients was 42.8% (6 out of 14). Five out of six of these patients received treatment for catatonia with lorazepam, all achieving complete remission. Catatonia occurred frequently in patients admitted with dementia.