Catatonia is an important cause of altered mental status which is often overlooked among critically ill patients. Although traditionally associated with schizophrenia, catatonia can result from a variety of psychiatric, neurologic, and medical problems (similar to delirium). It is important to diagnose catatonia, because otherwise patients are likely to be incorrectly labeled as having delirium – leading to incorrect and potentially deleterious treatment.
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