neuroleptic malignant syndrome

Pronunciation: (NOOR-oh-LEP-tik muh-LIG-nunt SIN-drome)

A life-threatening condition that may be caused by certain drugs used to treat mental illness, nausea, or vomiting. Symptoms include high fever, sweating, unstable blood pressure, confusion, and stiffness. Also called NMS.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-08-24 Date last modified: 2007-02-01