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Letter to the Editor

Catatonia as a Presenting Feature of Alcohol Withdrawal: A Case Report

Kesavan Muralidharan, MD; Ravi Philip Rajkumar, MD; Sreenath Ananthapadmanabha Rao, MBBS; and Vivek Benegal, DPM, MD

Published: December 14, 2007

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Sir: Catatonia is a clinical syndrome characterizedby alterations in motor behavior and changes in thought,mood, and vigilance1 and occurs in a variety of medicaland neuropsychiatric conditions.2 Catatonia has been documentedas occurring in alcohol withdrawal in rodents,3 butnot in humans. We report the case of a patient in whom alcoholwithdrawal presented as catatonia.

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