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Pediatrics. 2016 Apr;137(4). pii: e20154366. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-4366. Epub 2016 Mar 2.

Medical Therapy for Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors in a Teen With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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1
Division of Endocrinology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio;
2
Children's Mercy Hospital-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri;
3
Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois;
4
Advocate Health Care System, Chicago, Illinois; and.
5
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
6
Children's Mercy Hospital-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri; jlantos@cmh.edu.

Abstract

Teens with autism spectrum disorder often exhibit sexual behaviors in public that are disturbing to parents, teachers, and peers. Some have proposed that such behaviors can be curtailed with hormonal suppression. There is information on the Internet suggesting that such medications work, and some reports in the peer-reviewed medical literature support these claims. Such medications can have serious side effects. In this paper, we present a case in which parents requested such treatment of their teenage son with autism spectrum disorder.

PMID:
26936858
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2015-4366
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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