Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) presenting with catatonic symptoms

Raju Lakshmana, Suresh Sundram, Fiona Cairns

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In this report, we demonstrate through a putative case that Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) can present with a catatonic syndrome which can pose diagnostic and management challenges. The patient was an 88-year-old gentleman presenting with acute psychotic and catatonic symptoms on a background of 5 months of functional decline. He showed good response of catatonic symptoms to Clonazepam and psychotic symptoms to Olanzapine. This led to resolution of behavioral problems and the establishment of a putative diagnosis of DLB. Patients with DLB may present with catatonic states; benzodiazepines help resolve catatonic symptoms and facilitate assessment in such patients; and Olanzapine effectively treats psychotic symptoms in DLB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Catatonia
  • Clonazepam
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Olanzapine

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