Pulmonary embolism in a patient with neuroleptic malignant syndrome

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Mosaad Almegren *
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Mosaad Almegren | mosaad966@gmail.com


Venous thromboembolism is one of the complications in patients prescribed antipsychotic medications. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare side effect of antipsychotic medications in this population. In this case, a young patient, who presented with NMS after a recent start of antipsychotic medications, had developed a pulmonary embolism despite standard of care measures of venous thromboprophylaxis and early mobilization. A low threshold of VTE suspicion and effective preventive measures are both required in order to avoid this preventable complication in this population.

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