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Propranolol-responsive akathisia following acute encephalitis.
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PMID:  17484948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this case report is to highlight the possibility of akathisia in any patient who has recently recovered from encephalitis and now presents with motor restlessness. METHODS: We describe a 15-year-old boy presenting with the onset of abnormal and excessive motor restlessness following successful resolution of encephalitis. After thorough investigations and repeated psychiatric examinaton patient was diagnosed as suffering from postencephalitic akathisia. RESULTS: Thioridazine proved of no help. Patient achieved near complete recovery after treatment with propanolol within 2 weeks. CONCLUSION: Clinician should keep in mind that akathisia can have various etiologies and encephalitis may be the one of them. Propanolol is quite effective in patients with postencephalitic akathisia.
Rakesh Goyal; R Chandrasekaran; M Rajiv Nanda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  General hospital psychiatry     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0163-8343     ISO Abbreviation:  Gen Hosp Psychiatry     Publication Date:    2007 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-08     Completed Date:  2008-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7905527     Medline TA:  Gen Hosp Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  273-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use*
Encephalitis / complications*,  psychology,  radiography
Neuropsychological Tests
Propranolol / therapeutic use*
Psychomotor Agitation / complications,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Anxiety Agents; 525-66-6/Propranolol

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