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Vol 52, No 2 (2018)
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Fatal serotonin syndrome in a patient with Marchiafava–Bignami disease: Combined neurological and psychiatric emergency

Saeed Alghamdi, Yehya Seddeq, Hussein Algahtani, Bader Shirah
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.10.011
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(2):277-280.

open access

Vol 52, No 2 (2018)
Case reports
Submitted: 2017-09-17

Abstract

•In this report, we present a case with fatal serotonin syndrome happening in a non-alcoholic patient with the chronic form of MBD.•To our knowledge, this case is the first report of fatal serotonin syndrome after starting a small dose of citalopram in an MBD patient.•The present report may indicate that citalopram and other SSRIs should not be used in patients with MBD.•Our case is also among few reported cases in the literature where no cause was identified in a patient with no previous history of alcohol intake.

Abstract

•In this report, we present a case with fatal serotonin syndrome happening in a non-alcoholic patient with the chronic form of MBD.•To our knowledge, this case is the first report of fatal serotonin syndrome after starting a small dose of citalopram in an MBD patient.•The present report may indicate that citalopram and other SSRIs should not be used in patients with MBD.•Our case is also among few reported cases in the literature where no cause was identified in a patient with no previous history of alcohol intake.

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Keywords

Serotonin syndrome, Marchiafava–Bignami disease, Citalopram

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Title

Fatal serotonin syndrome in a patient with Marchiafava–Bignami disease: Combined neurological and psychiatric emergency

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 52, No 2 (2018)

Pages

277-280

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2017.10.011

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2018;52(2):277-280.

Keywords

Serotonin syndrome
Marchiafava–Bignami disease
Citalopram

Authors

Saeed Alghamdi
Yehya Seddeq
Hussein Algahtani
Bader Shirah

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