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Electroconvulsive therapy for post-stroke depressed geriatric patients
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 1992;4:140-144.
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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.

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