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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 53 (2011) 5, 299 - 303

Case report

Aripiprazole-induced parkinsonism in a 64-year-old female patient diagnosed with bipolar disorder

P. de Schutter, F. Bouckaert, J. Peuskens

A 64-year-old female patient, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, developed parkinsonism 18 days after aripiprazole had been initiated. Twenty-six days after the patient had stopped taking aripiprazole the parkinson syndrome disappeared completely. Aripiprazole is usually associated with a low incidence of extrapyramidal symptoms. So far, little is known about the pathophysiology of parkinsonism and the possible role of aripiprazole. The case-study includes some hypotheses and recommendations.

keywords aripiprazole, elderly, parkinsonism