Electroconvulsive therapy for post-stroke depressed geriatric patients

M. B. Currier, G. B. Murray, C. C. Welch

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Abstract

Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for 20 medically ill geriatric patients who received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for post- stroke depression from January 1982 to January 1991 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Of the 19 patients (95%) who improved with ECT, 7 patients (37%) suffered relapses despite maintenance anti-depressant medications. Relapses typically developed approximately 4 months after ECT. Five patients (23%) developed ECT-related medical complications. Three patients (15%) developed transient interictal confusion or amnesia. No patient experienced an exacerbation of preexisting neurologic deficits. These findings indicate that ECT is a generally well tolerated and effective treatment for depressed, medically ill post-stroke geriatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-144
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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