Maintainance ECT for Recurrent Catatonia-A Case Report


  • Nair V Indu Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health Centre , Thiruvanananthapuram
  • Pavan Kumar G DNB resident, Mental health centre, Trivandrum



recurrent catatonia, maintainance ECT, good response



Catatonia was first described by Kahlbaum as a disorder of movement and speech .Kraeplin grouped catatonia along with other sub types of schizophrenia. In ICD-10 catatonia is mentioned  as sub type of schizophrenia. DSM-5 gives independent status to catatonia. Catatonia may   be caused by many medical conditions ,but in psychiatry it is associated more with mood disorders and schizophrenia. There are certain conditions with recurrent catatonia like the Periodic catatonia .We present a case of 35year old  woman who has recurrent catatonia for the past 15 years .She was diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia  initially, treated with adequate trials of different antipsychotics , mood stabilisers  and benzodiazepines with poor response. For the past several years she is being given maintainance ECT to which she is showing good response. ECT is effective in the treatment of recurrent catatonia and can be maintained.

Key words – recurrent catatonia, maintainance ECT, good response


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How to Cite

Indu, N. V., & G, P. K. (2019). Maintainance ECT for Recurrent Catatonia-A Case Report. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 31(1).