Clinically insubstantial cognitive side effects of bitemporal electroconvulsive therapy at 0.5 msec pulse width.

@article{Warnell2011ClinicallyIC,
  title={Clinically insubstantial cognitive side effects of bitemporal electroconvulsive therapy at 0.5 msec pulse width.},
  author={Ronald L Warnell and Conrad Melton Swartz and Alice R Thomson},
  journal={Annals of clinical psychiatry : official journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists},
  year={2011},
  volume={23 4},
  pages={257-62}
}
BACKGROUND We measured cognitive side effects from bitemporal electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) using stimuli of 0.5 msec pulse width 900 milliamperes (mA). METHODS Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) and 21-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD-21) were rated within 36 hours before and 36 hours after a series of 6 bitemporal ECT sessions on 15 patients age ≥45. RESULTS MMSE remained high after ECT (pre-ECT mean 29, standard deviation [SD] 1.60, post-ECT mean 28.53, SD 1.36) with no… CONTINUE READING
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