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

Lee Elizabeth Wachtel, Margaret Merrie Griffin, Dirk Marcel Dhossche, Irving Michael Reti

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalAutism
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • autism
  • electroconvulsive therapy
  • malignant catatonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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