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Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist against severe aggression in autism

Van Der Weiden, Robin M F; Helmerhorst, Frans M. and Eriksson, Tomas LU (2016) In BMJ Case Reports 2016.
Abstract

Aggression in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) presents an important therapeutic challenge. Conventional treatment appears to be inadequate in a number of cases. The occurrence of severe aggressive symptoms since the inception of adolescence in a male patient with ASD suggested a hormonal influence by androgens. Conventional treatment with antipsychotic and antiepileptic drugs and benzodiazepines was ineffective. A subcutaneous long-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH agonist) injection was given on a monthly basis resulting in a substantial improvement in his aggressive behaviour and renewed socialisation.

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  author       = {Van Der Weiden, Robin M F and Helmerhorst, Frans M. and Eriksson, Tomas},
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  series       = {BMJ Case Reports},
  title        = {Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist against severe aggression in autism},
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  volume       = {2016},
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