Yawning as a Complication of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Concurrent Neuroleptic Withdrawal

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Among the various reported neuropsychological effects of electroconvulsive therapy are amnesia, delirium, peripheral neuropathy, headaches, and seizures. A case history is presented that describes a previously unreported neurological sequela: the development of intractable yawning during a course of electroconvulsive therapy. Neuropathophysiological mechanisms possibly relating to this phenomenon are discussed.

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