Reactions 1704, p176 - 2 Jun 2018 Aspiration pneumonia and functional decline: case report An 89-year-old woman developed functional decline and fatal aspiration pneumonia following treatment with haloperidol [route, dosage and duration of treatment to reaction onset not stated]. The woman, who had been receiving haloperidol for agitated behaviour, was referred to the emergency department (ED). On presentation, she developed functional decline. She was reported to be not her normal self, and appeared to be declining with symptoms of eating and walking problems. She continued to lose weight (decreased to 83 lbs from initial of 126 lbs) and exhibited increased confusion. Later, she was also diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia and died within 24 hours. Initiation of haloperidol was considered as a cause of her functional decline and fatal aspiration pneumonia. Author comment: "After 3 weeks, the daughter reported that haloperidol had been started for agitated behavior, was "not her normal self," and appeared to be declining (not eating, not walking around, had a cough). The daughter was encouraged to take her mother to the ED, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and died within 24 hours." "Moreover, the initiation of haloperidol may have led to a functional decline and aspiration pneumonia." Brathwaite J, et al. The "precipitous" death of a fiercely independent older woman. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 66 (Suppl. 2): S174, Jan 2018. Available from: URL: http://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15376 [abstract] - USA 803323886 0114-9954/18/1704-0001/$14.95 Adis © 2018 Springer International Publishing AG. All rights reserved Reactions 2 Jun 2018 No. 1704
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