Maintenance electroconvulsive therapy in autistic catatonia: a case series review.

TitleMaintenance electroconvulsive therapy in autistic catatonia: a case series review.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsWachtel LE, Hermida A, Dhossche DM
JournalProgress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry
Volume34
Issue4
Pagination581-7
Date Published2010 May 30
Abstract

The usage of electroconvulsive therapy for the acute resolution of catatonia in autistic children and adults is a novel area that has received increased attention over the past few years. Reported length of the acute ECT course varies among these patients, and there is no current literature on maintenance ECT in autism. The maintenance ECT courses of three patients with autism who developed catatonia are presented. Clinical, research, legal, and administrative implications for ECT treatment in this special population are discussed.

DOI10.1089/scd.2009.0326
Alternate JournalProg. Neuropsychopharmacol. Biol. Psychiatry