BACKGROUND: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare, severe, idiosyncratic adverse reaction to antipsychotics. Second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) were originally assumed to be free from the risk of causing NMS, however several cases of NMS induced by SGAs (SGA-NMS) have been reported. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review available studies and case reports on SGA-NMS and compare the presentation of NMS induced by different SGAs. DATA SOURCES: Citations were retrieved from PubMed up to November 2013, and from reference lists of relevant citations. STUDY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Eligibility criteria included (a) primary studies reporting data on NMS, with at least 50 % of the sample receiving SGAs; or (b) case reports and case reviews reporting on NMS induced by SGA monotherapy, excluding those due to antipsychotic withdrawal. STUDY APPRAISAL AND SYNTHESIS METHODS: A standardized method for data extraction and coding was developed for the analysis of eligible case reports. RESULTS: Six primary studies and 186 individual cases of NMS induced by SGAs were included. Primary studies suggest that SGA-NMS is characterized by lower incidence, lower clinical severity, and less frequent lethal outcome than NMS induced by first-generation antipsychotics. Systematic analysis of case reports suggests that even the most recently marketed antipsychotics are not free from the risk of inducing NMS. Furthermore, clozapine-, aripiprazole- and amisulpride-induced NMS can present with atypical features more frequently than other SGA-NMS, i.e. displaying less intense extrapyramidal symptoms or high fever. LIMITATIONS: Case reports report non-systematic data, therefore analyses may be subject to bias. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS OF KEY FINDINGS: Clinicians should be aware that NMS is virtually associated with all antipsychotics, including those most recently marketed. Although apparently less severe than NMS induced by older antipsychotics, SGA-NMS still represent a relevant clinical issue.

Second-Generation Antipsychotics and Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome: Systematic Review and Case Report Analysis

BELVEDERI MURRI, MARTINO;BUGLIANI, MICHELE;CALCAGNO, PIETRO;RESPINO, MATTEO;SERAFINI, GIANLUCA;Innamorati, M;Pompili, M;AMORE, MARIO
2015

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BACKGROUND: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare, severe, idiosyncratic adverse reaction to antipsychotics. Second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) were originally assumed to be free from the risk of causing NMS, however several cases of NMS induced by SGAs (SGA-NMS) have been reported. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to systematically review available studies and case reports on SGA-NMS and compare the presentation of NMS induced by different SGAs. DATA SOURCES: Citations were retrieved from PubMed up to November 2013, and from reference lists of relevant citations. STUDY ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Eligibility criteria included (a) primary studies reporting data on NMS, with at least 50 % of the sample receiving SGAs; or (b) case reports and case reviews reporting on NMS induced by SGA monotherapy, excluding those due to antipsychotic withdrawal. STUDY APPRAISAL AND SYNTHESIS METHODS: A standardized method for data extraction and coding was developed for the analysis of eligible case reports. RESULTS: Six primary studies and 186 individual cases of NMS induced by SGAs were included. Primary studies suggest that SGA-NMS is characterized by lower incidence, lower clinical severity, and less frequent lethal outcome than NMS induced by first-generation antipsychotics. Systematic analysis of case reports suggests that even the most recently marketed antipsychotics are not free from the risk of inducing NMS. Furthermore, clozapine-, aripiprazole- and amisulpride-induced NMS can present with atypical features more frequently than other SGA-NMS, i.e. displaying less intense extrapyramidal symptoms or high fever. LIMITATIONS: Case reports report non-systematic data, therefore analyses may be subject to bias. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS OF KEY FINDINGS: Clinicians should be aware that NMS is virtually associated with all antipsychotics, including those most recently marketed. Although apparently less severe than NMS induced by older antipsychotics, SGA-NMS still represent a relevant clinical issue.
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