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Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e318290fa36
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Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for Catatonia in a Patient With Schizophrenia and Synthetic Cannabinoid Abuse: A Case Report

Leibu, Evan MD*; Garakani, Amir MD*; McGonigle, Daniel P. MD*; Liebman, Lauren S. BA*; Loh, Daniella MD*; Bryson, Ethan O. MD*†; Kellner, Charles H. MD*

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Abstract

We present the case of a young man with a long-standing history of schizophrenia who presented with severe and life-threatening catatonia in the setting of synthetic cannabis use who was successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of severe and persistent catatonia in the setting of synthetic cannabis use and the first documented successful treatment.

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