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Recognizing Catatonia in Medically Hospitalized Older Adults: Why It Matters

Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Woodland Centre, Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3NN, UK
Psychiatry Service, Hospital Universitario Donostia, Osakidetza-Basque Health Service, E-20014 San Sebastian, Spain
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Geriatrics 2018, 3(3), 37;
Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 26 June 2018 / Accepted: 29 June 2018 / Published: 29 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychology)
Catatonia is a neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by a variety of motor, behavioral, emotional, and autonomic abnormalities caused by general medical, neurological, and psychiatric disorders, as well as by medications and drugs of abuse. Although there has been a plethora of research on catatonia over the last twenty years, it is still underdiagnosed. Studies of catatonia involving older adults have been sparse, despite its apparent high prevalence, higher risk of serious complications, and of association with non-psychiatric causes. This paper aims to provide an introduction to catatonia as a syndrome, as well as an account of its specificities in older adults, especially those in general hospitals, with the aim to raise awareness of catatonia amongst clinicians working with this age group in acute medical settings, so improvements in its diagnostic rates, treatment, and outcomes can be achieved. View Full-Text
Keywords: catatonia; older adults; general hospital catatonia; older adults; general hospital
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Serra-Mestres, J.; Jaimes-Albornoz, W. Recognizing Catatonia in Medically Hospitalized Older Adults: Why It Matters. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 37.

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