Journal of Mental Health and Human Behaviour

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151--153

Refeeding syndrome in catatonic schizophrenia


Supriya Agarwal1, Rakesh Kumar Biswas1, Abhishek Gupta2, Sandeep Choudhary1 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Medicine, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Supriya Agarwal
Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
India

Refeeding syndrome is an uncommon but potentially fatal condition. It occurs in a patient who consumes a large amount of calories over a brief period of time after a sustained period of starvation. This syndrome is characterized by a high risk of cardiovascular collapse secondary to electrolyte imbalance if left untreated or if there is a delay in the management. Psychiatric patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or severe depression are known to refuse food for a prolonged period of time, thus creating a malnourished or starved metabolic state. The purpose of this article is to bring an acute awareness and sensitize the fellow psychiatrists about refeeding syndrome, a likely fatal possibility in a starved or malnourished patient on refeeding. Prompt recognition and management in collaboration with medical colleagues can save the life of these patients.


How to cite this article:
Agarwal S, Biswas RK, Gupta A, Choudhary S. Refeeding syndrome in catatonic schizophrenia.J Mental Health Hum Behav 2019;24:151-153


How to cite this URL:
Agarwal S, Biswas RK, Gupta A, Choudhary S. Refeeding syndrome in catatonic schizophrenia. J Mental Health Hum Behav [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Aug 11 ];24:151-153
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