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My mother has developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome. What is it exactly?

A serious issue: This is a rare but serious problem which is usually related to taking medications for psychiatric treatment, or sometimes for parkinson's disease. It causes fever, muscle rigidity, unstable blood pressure and other problems. The medication causing nms must be identified and discontinued. If you ever need anesthesia, be sure to tell the anesthesiologist if you've had this problem. ...Read more

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Antipsychotics (Definition)

These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more


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My mother has developed antiphospholipid syndrome. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed antiphospholipid syndrome. What is it exactly?

Autoimmune problem: With apa-s, the immune system produces antibodies against normal proteins in the body. Most importantly, blood clots can form in the legs and lungs, and there is a higher risk of strokes. As a gynecologist, I have concerns regarding a higher risk of miscarriages and stillbirths. Treatment centers on preventing a clot or treating one if it already exists. ...Read more

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My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed long qt syndrome. What is it exactly?

See below: Long qt syndrome (lqts) is a heart rhythm disorder that can potentially cause rapid heartbeats which may trigger a sudden fainting spell or seizure and in some cases, death. You can be born with a genetic mutation that puts you at risk of long qt syndrome. In addition, certain medications and medical conditions may cause this, however it is treatable. ...Read more

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My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed glioma. What is it exactly?

Primary brain tumor: Glioma is a tumor that originates from the brain cells themselves. This is in distinction to tumors (cancer) that spread to the brain from somewhere else, or some benign tumors that occur on certain nerves or grow on the covering of the brain (meningioma). Gliomas are usually treated by a combination of surgery, radiation, and sometimes chemotherapy. ...Read more

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My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed mesothelioma. What is it exactly?

Mesothelioma is: A cancer of the membranes that cover the chest cavity, and the nooks and crannies of each lobe and the mediastinum where the heart, swallowing tube and nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics live. Tv and billboard direct you to lawyers because there is a connection to asbestos, and producers are liable. It causes fluid to accumulate. There is a varied natural history, few do well; many do poorly. ...Read more

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My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed mononucleosis. What is it exactly?

EBV infection: Mononucleosis is an infection caused by the ebstein-barr virus. Typically this infection causes a sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, and occasionally an enlarged liver and spleen. The infection also is associated with a feeling of loss of energy. This infection is contagious, can last a long time, and enlargement of the spleen is a risk if involved in contact sports. ...Read more

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My brother has developed dysthymic disorder. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed dysthymic disorder. What is it exactly?

A depression: As the field of psychiatry has classified the differing difficulties, there has been at least 4 successive publications by the american psychiatric association. In earlier editions the term ''dysthymia'' was used for what currently is termed ''depression''. As there is a wide range of cause(s) and treatments, an expert evaluation is in order. ...Read more

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My brother has developed acoustic neuroma. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed acoustic neuroma. What is it exactly?

Tumor of ear nerve: It is a benign growth of the nerve that goes from the brain to the inner ear. It can cause hearing loss and dizziness. When small sometimes they can just be followed to make sure that they don't grow and cause problems. Other times they can be treated with radiation treatments and sometimes they need to be removed surgically. They are not malignant. They do not spread. ...Read more

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My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

Dilated bronchi: Dilated bronchi and inflammation, usually the result of low level infection inflammation. ...Read more

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My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

My father has developed brain injury. What is it exactly?

Brain injury types: I would need more informnation to provide a specific reply. Is hisbrain injury ischemic ( such as a stroke , or traumatic ? ...Read more

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My sister has developed placenta accreta. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed placenta accreta. What is it exactly?

Placenta accreta: A placenta accreta develops when the placenta invades or grows into the muscular layer of the uterus. With invasion of the muscle, detachment of the placenta after birth of the infant cannot occur. Retention of the placenta can lead to a postpartum hemorrhage. To remove the placenta, the uterus is usually removed after delivery of the infant. ...Read more

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My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed kawasaki disease. What is it exactly?

Autoimmune disease: Kawasaki is a disease in which the body creates antibodies that fight against our own body. Your brother had high fever for more than 5 days, the doctor couldn't find where the infection was comming from and decided to do blood test; that's where he saw high platelets (a blood component) and made the diagnosis. This disease responds very well to a drug named ivig and then aspirine. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

Depression: Is a mood disorder involving feelings of depression, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, trouble with sleep, appetite and energy and sometimes the development of suicidal ideation. It also interferes with the person's ability to function in school/work and in relationships. The best news is that there is help out there! ...Read more

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My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed heart contusion. What is it exactly?

Trauma to heart: Trauma to the chest causes trauma to the heart, which bruises the heart muscle. ...Read more

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My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

Bacteria: The bacteria is named after an outbreak found at american leigon convention. It is fairly common and causes pneumionia and requires treatment for recovery. ...Read more

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My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My son has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Adult or child?: Cancers that develop in bonse are only common in late adolescence and early adulthhod: osteosarcoma and chondrosarcoma, and most commonlyaround knees. Ewings sarcaoma, and many other tumors affect bones, but usually are not of bones. Adults most commonly have disease from may other places that effect bones: prostate and lung cancer lead the pack, and multiple myeloma destroys bones. No more room. ...Read more

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My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed chronic pancreatitis. What is it exactly?

Scarring in panc: Chronic inflammation of pancres (digestive and endocrine organ), generally as a consequence of chronic alcohol use. Can cause chronic pain (usually worse after eating); maldigestion of (primarily) fats, with foul smelling, greasy stool, weight loss; maldigestion of carbohydrates and protein; diabetes that may be poorly controllable. Can be treated with meds, occ surgery. ...Read more

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My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed bone cancer. What is it exactly?

Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surgery and / or radiation would be helpful. Other confused diagnoses with this term improperly used are cancers that start someplace else and spread to the bone (breast cancer for instance) or cancers of the bone marrow (leukemia). ...Read more

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My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed celiac disease. What is it exactly?

Toxic wheat effect: Gluten in wheat acts as a toxin on your small intestine. The toxic injury leads to a marked decrease in the ability to absorb nutrients in any food that you eat. The immediate result is abdominal distension, pain, bloating & diarrhea. The long term effects is weight loss, muscle wasting & weakness - in fact, all of the symptoms of starvation. ...Read more

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My mother has developed neuroleptic malignant syndrome. What is it exactly?

A serious issue: This is a rare but serious problem which is usually related to taking medications for psychiatric treatment, or sometimes for parkinson's disease. It causes fever, muscle rigidity, unstable blood pressure and other problems. The medication causing nms must be identified and discontinued. If you ever need anesthesia, be sure to tell the anesthesiologist if you've had this problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the drug "rarely causes a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome" what is that a type of cancer or something?

What does it mean if the drug "rarely causes a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome" what is that a type of cancer or something?

NMS: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (nms) is the combination of hyperthermia, rigidity, and autonomic dysregulation that can be a serious complication with antipsychotic medications. Newer atypical antipsychotics can cause this as well as older ones. Dopamine d2 receptor blockade in extrapyramidal pathways, spinal cord, and hypothalamus leads to these symptoms. There can be direct muscle effects too. ...Read more

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My mom has neuroleptic malignant syndrome. What do I need to know about this disease?

NMS: Is acute reaction to antipsychotic meds. With fever, confusion and other symptoms of increased metabolism, along with inc. Liver enzymes. Is a medical emergency and treated in er. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

You don't. : Nms is so severe that you will not be asking questions. Google can be good resource if you need to know more. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

What are the tests for neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Several!: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, so we have to make sure there isn't another problem like an infection. Blood count may show high white blood cells, urine test may have myoglobin. If tests like blood and urine culture show no signs of infection, ct/mri of the head show no brain problems and the patient is on or has taken an antipsychotic this points us towards nms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

What are the symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Fever, stiff muscles: Fever, stiff muscles, changes in personality and thinking, and autonomic instability (racing heart, low or high blood pressure, sweating, leaking urine...) are symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome. This is a very serious and life-threatening reaction to treatment with antipsychotic medications or withdrawal from certain medications. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Complicated : "life-threatening condition that may develop anytime during therapy with neuroleptics—from a few days to many years (but 2/3 of cases occur within the 1st week). Muscular rigidity from Dopamine antagonism in the nigrostriatal pathway. Hyperthermia due to blockage of hypothalamic thermoregulation (more likely in the setting of benzodiazepine withdrawal)" from lexi drugs. ...Read more

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I need to know what is neuroleptic malignant syndrome and is it cureable?

Life threatening.: It is a life threatening condition that can develop while on antipsychotic medications and will manifest with high fever, sweating, stupor and muscle rigidity. It can be fatal but outcome is good if early detection and intensive care is accorded. ...Read more

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What is neuroleptic malignant syndrome? Is it treatable?

NMS: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs (ex: haldol, (haloperidol) droperidol). NMS typically consists of muscle rigidity, fever, autonomic instability, and cognitive changes such as delirium, and is associated with elevated CPK. ...Read more

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Which medical doctor should I see to treat neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Which medical doctor should I see to treat neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

SEEK TREATMENT: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (nms) is a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs. It is imperative to get the right diagnosis and get immediate help. Go to the prescibing physician first or maybe the er if it is too severe. ...Read more

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What causes neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

NMS: Neuroleptics (antipsychotics) block certain Dopamine receptors in the hypothalamus (hypothalamic d-2 receptors) resulting in an elevated temperature set point and  impairment of the bodies ability to dissipate heat; it is also associated with blockade of other Dopamine receptors, which can  result in muscle rigidity and increased body temperature.. ...Read more

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How do you treat neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Supportive: Mainly supportive treatment by controlling blood pressure, oxygenation, cardiac irregularity, electrolyte water balance, seizure treatment. Some drugs are used that seem to be helping. ...Read more

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Can you please define neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

NMS: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (nms) is a rare, but life-threatening, idiosyncratic reaction to a neuroleptic (antipsychotic) medication. The syndrome is characterized by fever, muscular rigidity, altered mental status, and autonomic dysfunction. ...Read more

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Is the neuroleptic malignant syndrome really malignant?

Is the neuroleptic malignant syndrome really malignant?

NO!: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (nms) is a life-threatening neurological disorder most often caused by an adverse reaction to neuroleptic or antipsychotic drugs. Nms typically consists of muscle rigidity, fever, autonomic instability, and cognitive changes such as delirium, and is associated with elevated plasma creatine phosphokinase. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Rare & Dangerous: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a rare, potentially life-threatening disorder usually caused by an unpredictably bad reaction to an antipsychotic drug. Typically there is muscle rigidity, fever, unstable pulse and blood pressure, mental impairments and characteristic laboratory changes. Treatment relies on stopping the drug and supportive hospital care. ...Read more

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Can Neurontin (gabapentin) cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

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Can  Neurontin (gabapentin) cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Neurontin (gabapentin): Rare cases of nms reported when Neurontin (gabapentin) combined with other anti-seizure medications such as tegretol. We have not encountered cases in our practice. ...Read more

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Can one time use of phenergan cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Can one time use of phenergan cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

Unlikely: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome has been rarely observed during treatment with promethazine. It usually occurs within the first 30 days after exposure to neuroleptics. One case noted in 1999: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome due to promethazine. Chan-Tack KM1. It occurred after 2 days in this case. If suspected it is an emergency situation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that the drug Neurontin (gabapentin) cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

No: I have not been able to find any data that says that it can. It has no effect on Dopamine either, so it should not be expected to. Best wishes and happy holidays. ...Read more

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As a psychiatrist, if your client develops neuroleptic malignant syndrome from an antipsychotic they are on, do u treat it? Or refer to someone else?

Yikes: NMS pts don't walk into their psychiatrist's office. They travel in ambulances on their way to ERs and ICUs. NMS is a medical emergency, often fatal if untreated. I can recall only one case I ever saw of NMS actually being treated in an inpatient psych unit rather than a med/surg unit or ICU. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (Definition)

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a rare, potentially life-threatening disorder usually caused by an unpredictably bad reaction to an antipsychotic drug. Typically there is muscle rigidity, fever, unstable pulse and blood pressure, mental impairments and characteristic laboratory changes. Treatment relies on stopping the drug ...Read more


Malignant (Definition)

The term “malignant” is mainly used in the context of cancer, but can also be used to describe a condition that can be acutely damaging to the body, ...Read more