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Autism. 2010 Jul;14(4):349-58. doi: 10.1177/1362361309350135.

Brief report: Electroconvulsive therapy for malignant catatonia in an autistic adolescent.

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  • 1Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA. wachtel@kennedykrieger.org

Abstract

A 14-year-old male with autism and mild mental retardation developed malignant catatonia characterized by classic symptoms of catatonia, bradycardia and hypothermia. Bilateral electroconvulsive therapy and lorazepam were required for resolution. The case expands the occurrence of catatonia in autism into its malignant variant.

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