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Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Electroconvulsive Therapy and Other Treatments

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome is both rare and potentially fatal. Health clinicians need to recognize signs and symptoms and ask the right questions to make an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment. While this condition is not entirely understood, its symptoms are recognizable and typically easily resolved with little or no long-term impact to the patient when caught early. A treatment and management plan must be implemented. Pharmacotherapy has not been consistently effective in all case reports of neuroleptic malignant syndrome. In contrast, electroconvulsive therapy may be effective. A key step in the management of neuroleptic malignant syndrome is the initiation of supportive medical therapy. This is the second in a two part series on Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome.

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Course Syllabus

I.      Introduction

II.      Overview Of NMS And Treatment Options

III.    Antipsychotic Use And Discontinuance

IV.     Pharmacologic Therapy For NMS

1.   Dantrolene

2.   Bromocriptine

3.   Lorazepam

4.   Other Pharmacologic Approaches

5.   Hypothermia and Regulation Of Body Temperature

V.      Electroconvulsive Therapy

VI.     Clinical Management Of NMS

1.   Secondary Complications of NMS Patients

VII.    Prognosis And Recovery From NMS

VIII.  Summary


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