Physical deformity as sequela of chronic catatonia and response to electroconvulsive therapy: A case report

Sugnyani Devi, Rishikesh V. Behere, Shivarama Varambally, Naren P. Rao, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian, Bangalore N. Gangadhar

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Abstract

Chronic catatonia with posturing can cause joint contractures leading to greater morbidity associated with the physical deformity. We report a case of a young man with chronic catatonic schizophrenia with posturing of bilateral upper limbs in flexion leading to fixed flexion contracture of left metacarpophalangeal joints. Initiation of electroconvulsive therapy along with physical rehabilitation measures helped him regain full range of motion in the right upper limb. The fixed flexion contracture, however, remained resistant to intensive treatment efforts. Early interventions in the form of electroconvulsive therapy and physical rehabilitation can be useful in reversing such potentially disabling complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e49-e50
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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