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The muscle findings in the neuroleptic malignant syndrome associated with lysergic acid diethylamide.
  1. W M Behan,
  2. A M Bakheit,
  3. P O Behan,
  4. I A More
  1. University of Glasgow, Department of Pathology, UK.

    Abstract

    A detailed pathological description of the muscle findings in a case of the neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) following ingestion of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is given, including the first ultrastructural analysis. Focal necrosis, oedema, and hypercontraction of fibres with glycogen and lipid depletion, were identified, all of which had resolved completely a year later. The findings are compared with those in malignant hyperthermia. It is suggested that the results support the view that in NMS, the muscle rigidity is due to central mechanisms and, in both this disorder and malignant hyperthermia, it is responsible for the hyperpyrexia and its life-threatening complications.

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