Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
A lack of facial expressions can occur in various conditions. Catatonia is a term that is used to describe a state of stupor or unresponsiveness in a person who is otherwise awake. Lack of facial expressions is one sign of catatonia, which can occur in association with a psychiatric disorder, like schizophrenia. Diseases that cause damage to the brain and its function can also lead to a lack of responsiveness, including a lack of facial expressions. Examples include brain trauma and encephalitis.
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
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- clozapine (Clozaril, Fazacio ODT, Versacloz)
- fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin)
- fluphenazine concentrate - oral, Prolixin
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- haloperidol (Haldol)
- lurasidone hydrochloride (Latuda)
- olanzapine, Zyprexa, Zydis, Zyprexa Relprevv
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- quetiapine (Seroquel, Seroquel XR)
- risperidone, Risperdal; Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-TAB
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