Case ReportsCatatonia in Autistic Twins: Role of Electroconvulsive TherapyBailine, Samuel H. MD; Petraviciute, Sonata DOAuthor Information From the Department of Psychiatry Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, NY. Received for publication March 5, 2006; accepted July 3, 2006. Reprints: Samuel H. Bailine, MD, The Zucker Hillside Hospital, 75-79 263rd Street, Glen Oaks, NY 11004 (e-mail: email@example.com). The Journal of ECT: March 2007 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 21-22 doi: 10.1097/01.yct.0000263256.06421.7a Buy Metrics Abstract Autism and Asperger disorder are pervasive developmental disorders that impair social interactions and communications. They are characterized by repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. Catatonia, a syndrome which is most often associated with schizophrenia and affective disorders, is seen in up to 6% of patients with autistic spectrum disorders and in 12% to 17% of adolescents with these disorders. Catatonic symptoms in these cases have been responsive to treatment with electroconvulsive therapy. We report a case of adolescent identical twins with PDD/Asperger disorder who exhibited catatonia and were successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.