6 doctors weighed in:

What are the tests for neuroleptic malignant syndrome?

6 doctors weighed in
Gregory Blair
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Gregory Blair
Gregory Blair
Answer assisted by Gregory Blair, Medical Student
Thank
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology

In brief: Clinical Tests..

Determining the presence of this syndrome is difficult to anticipate using most laboratory diagnostic aids.
Individuals using certain prescribed ssri's can manifest the syndrome of excessive serotonin secretion, especially in the presence of MAO inhibitor drugs. Tests, therefore, are those clinical signs and symptoms that occur after-the-fact.

In brief: Clinical Tests..

Determining the presence of this syndrome is difficult to anticipate using most laboratory diagnostic aids.
Individuals using certain prescribed ssri's can manifest the syndrome of excessive serotonin secretion, especially in the presence of MAO inhibitor drugs. Tests, therefore, are those clinical signs and symptoms that occur after-the-fact.
Dr. James Henning
Dr. James Henning
Thank
Read more answers from doctors