Catatonic stupor after “ecstasy”BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6930.717b (Published 12 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:717
- J W Y Lee
- Tokanui Hospital, Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
EDITOR, - D L Maxwell and colleagues report two cases of catatonic stupor in patients who had taken 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“ecstasy”).1 I doubt whether the patients exhibited sufficient features to justify the diagnosis of catatonic stupor.
Catatonia is a behavioural neurological syndrome characterised by abnormal motor behaviour and periods of extreme hyperactivity and hypoactivity.2 Mutism and stupor are common, but alone they are not pathognomonic. Several organic conditions associated …