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Hypothermia Associated With Melatonin Ingestion in a Child With Autism

Erden, Semih MD

doi: 10.1097/WNF.0000000000000355
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Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social interaction and communication disorder and restrictive and repetitive behaviors. Sleep disorders are frequently observed in children with autism spectrum disorder. We present a case of hypothermia in an autistic child with a sleep disorder whose body temperature decreased to 34°C after a single dose of melatonin. Hypothermia continued for 2 more days, but her nighttime sleeping problems decreased. This case is important because it demonstrates the possible risk of hypothermia with melatonin use in children with autism with a sleep disorder.

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Necmettin Erbakan University Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Semih Erden, MD, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Necmettin Erbakan University Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey; E-mail: semihe84@gmail.com

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Online date: July 25, 2019

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