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Akathisia—rare cause of psychomotor agitation in patients with traumatic brain injury: Case report and review of literature

Janet E. Wielenga-Boiten, MD; Gerard M. Ribbers, MD, PhD

Figure 1. Mean values for agitation and workload. Day 1 = patient’s first day in rehabilitation center. Figure is translated and adapted version of Agitated Behavior Scale [2], including workload measurement for nursing staff.

Akathisia is reported to be one of the most common and disabling side effects of antipsychotics and other drugs. Akathisia is a rare cause of psychomotor agitation in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this clinical note, we describe a case report of akathisia in a 34-year-old woman with TBI; review earlier case studies on akathisia in TBI; and discuss the differential diagnosis, as well as its pathophysiology, treatment, and prognosis.

Volume 49 Number 9, 2012
   Pages 1349 — 1354


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This article and any supplemental material should be cited as follows:
Wielenga-Boiten JE, Ribbers GM. Akathisia—rare cause of psychomotor agitation in patients with traumatic brain injury: Case report and review of literature. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(9):1349–54.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.10.0202
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