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Diagnostic Criteria of Caroff et al for the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

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Psychiatry
Clinical Pharmacology

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The Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) is a syndrome which may occur in patients receiving neuroleptic agents. Its presentation and symptoms may vary, but the classic tetrad is fever, rigidity, altered sensorium and autonomic dysfunction. It can be fatal if unrecognized. Caroff et al specified diagnostic criteria to aid in its recognition.

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