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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 386-389

A case of Hallervorden-Spatz disease presenting as catatonic schizophrenia

1 Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Medical College and Sion Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, India
2 M.G.M. Institute of Health Sciences, M.G.M. University of Health Sciences, New Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Gurvinder Kalra
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, M.G.M. Institute of Health Sciences, M.G.M. University of Health Sciences Campus, Sector 18, Kamothe, New Mumbai - 410 209, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.120553

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Hallervorden-Spatz disease belongs to a group of disorders characterized by predominant involvement of basal ganglia. These cases may present to the psychiatrist with symptoms of depression, nervousness and rarely other psychotic symptoms. Very few cases of this disease have been reported from India. We report a case of Hallervorden-Spatz disease that presented to the psychiatry outpatient department with catatonia. This case highlights how presentation of Hallervorden-Spatz disease may overlap with catatonic symptoms and hence a high index of suspicion is required to make an accurate diagnosis.



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