Clinically favourable effects of ketamine as an anaesthetic for electroconvulsive therapy: a retrospective study

@article{Kranaster2011ClinicallyFE,
  title={Clinically favourable effects of ketamine as an anaesthetic for electroconvulsive therapy: a retrospective study},
  author={Laura Kranaster and Jutta Kammerer-Ciernioch and Carolin Hoyer and Alexander Sartorius},
  journal={European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience},
  year={2011},
  volume={261},
  pages={575-582}
}
In a retrospective chart review, we examined the effects of ketamine, an N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) anaesthetic in patients suffering from therapy-resistant depression. We included 42 patients who received ECT treatment with either ketamine (n = 16) or the barbiturate thiopental (n = 26). We analysed the number of sessions until completion of ECT treatment (used as a surrogate parameter for outcome), psychopathology as assessed by pre… CONTINUE READING
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