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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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Malignant (Definition)

The term malignant can be used in several medical contexts, but is primarily used to describe cancers. More dangerous and disorderly than the benign growth of cells, malignant cells have developed genetic changes that can allow it to invade other tissues in an unregulated way. These tumors can later spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body and ...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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Dr. John Moranville
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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


Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (Definition)

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome is a rare, but potentially fatal, condition that is a reaction to taking an antipsychotic medication. Common symptoms include fever, muscle stiffness, and ...Read more