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J ECT. 2007 Mar;23(1):21-2.

Catatonia in autistic twins: role of electroconvulsive therapy.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY 11004, USA. shbailine@aol.com

Abstract

Autism and Asperger disorder are pervasive developmental disorders that impair social interactions and communications. They are characterized by repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. Catatonia, a syndrome which is most often associated with schizophrenia and affective disorders, is seen in up to 6% of patients with autistic spectrum disorders and in 12% to 17% of adolescents with these disorders. Catatonic symptoms in these cases have been responsive to treatment with electroconvulsive therapy. We report a case of adolescent identical twins with PDD/Asperger disorder who exhibited catatonia and were successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy.

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