A challenging case of catatonia during pregnancy

Natalie Martinez-Sosa, Joshua Delaney, Stephen McLeod-Bryant

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Co-occurring pregnancy and catatonia is a challenging combination to treat as the first line treatment for catatonia, benzodiazepines, have been shown to have negative effects on a fetus. ECT is another recommended treatment in this patient population but was not available on admission. The patient was treated with risperidone and lorazepam, which was deemed ineffective, and memantine was started. Shortly after, ECT became available and in combination with memantine, catatonia was treated effectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100064
JournalPersonalized Medicine in Psychiatry
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020


  • Catatonia
  • ECT
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Clinical Psychology


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