An adolescent with autism and intellectual disability presented with severe depression related to menstruation.Because of the complex medical, psychiatric and ethical issues involved, her care was coordinated by a hospital-based adolescent medicine unit.After trials of other therapies over an extended period and interdisciplinary and intersectoral case conferencing, it was decided that hysterectomy was the most appropriate management.This case highlights the complexity of adolescent health care in a tertiary hospital, the importance of intersectoral cooperation between hospital and community, and the integral role of interdisciplinary care of adolescent patients with chronic conditions.
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
Skinner, S., Ng, C., McDonald, A., & Walters, T. (2005). A patient with autism and severe depression: medical and ethical challenges for an adolescent medicine unit. Medical Journal of Australia, 183(8), 422-424.