Association between COVID-19 and catatonia manifestation in two adolescents in Central Asia: Incidental findings or cause for alarm?

Kopishinskaia, Svetlana; Cumming, Paul; Karpukhina, Svetlana; Velichko, Ivan; Raskulova, Galiya; Zheksembaeva, Nazerke; Tlemisova, Dina; Morozov, Petr; Fountoulakis, Konstantinos N; Smirnova, Daria (2021). Association between COVID-19 and catatonia manifestation in two adolescents in Central Asia: Incidental findings or cause for alarm? Asian journal of psychiatry, 63, p. 102761. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ajp.2021.102761

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Catatonia is a rare neuropsychiatric syndrome that can accompany various medical conditions, including schizophrenia, autoimmune encephalitis, and infectious diseases. We present two cases of catatonia in males aged 12 and 17 years from Central Asia who tested positive for SARS-Cov-2 antibodies. Detailed medical assessments declined other potential precipitating factors, including schizophrenia or anti-NMDA receptor autoimmune encephalitis. FDG-PET in the younger patient demonstrated focal hypometabolism in left frontotemporal and right associative visual cortex, matching patterns previously seen in adults with catatonia. These isolated findings raise concerns about a possible causal relationship between COVID-19 infection and risk of catatonia manifestation in adolescents.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Clinic of Nuclear Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Cumming, Paul

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1876-2026

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daria Vogelsang

Date Deposited:

04 Jan 2022 15:35

Last Modified:

09 Jan 2022 01:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ajp.2021.102761

PubMed ID:

34271538

Uncontrolled Keywords:

COVID-19 Catatonia FDG-PET Frontotemporal cortex Neuropsychiatric complications Psychomotor symptoms

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/161795

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/161795

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