J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 43:185-187 doi:10.1136/jnnp.43.2.185
  • Research Article

Catatonia with frontal lobe atrophy.


A middleaged woman with a four year history of behavioural change including episodes of catatonia is described. Despite a persistently abnormal electroencephalogram, the patient was diagnosed repeatedly as suffering from a primary psychiatric disorder. Neurological examination and psychological testing suggested frontal lobe dysfunction, which was confirmed by the finding of isolated frontal lobe atrophy on computed axial tomography.