Vitamin B12 deficiency and psychosis
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Was it the combined effect of the deficiency and the antipsychotics or did the antipsychotics cause the deficiency? - this is not made clear
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J Psychiatr Pract. 2009 Sep;15(5):415-22. doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000361282.95962.9f. Malignant catatonia in a patient with bipolar disorder, B12 deficiency, and neuroleptic malignant syndrome: one cause or three? Lewis AL, Pelic C, Kahn DA.
A Case is presented of a 23-year-old woman with progressive onset of paranoid psychosis and catatonia, who was ultimately found to have both vitamin B12 deficiency and a family history of bipolar disorder.
The patient was initially diagnosed with schizophrenia and treated with the antipsychotic medication ziprasidone. Her condition rapidly worsened to a state consistent with either neuroleptic malignant syndrome or malignant catatonia.
Work-up then revealed vitamin B12 deficiency ….. The authors discuss the differential diagnosis of catatonia as reflecting a high likelihood of underlying mood disorder; the evaluation and management of malignant catatonia and malignant neuroleptic syndrome; and the role of vitamin B12 deficiency in precipitating psychotic symptoms.
The case also illustrates the problems of diagnosing and managing a multifactorial disorder with psychiatric, general medical, and perhaps iatrogenic components.
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