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Neurocase. 2013;19(5):451-7. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2012.690429. Epub 2012 Jul 24.

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant bipolar depression: a case report of acute and maintenance efficacy.

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a Department of Neurology and Psychiatry , Sapienza University of Rome , Rome , Italy.

Abstract

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is currently being evaluated as a possible treatment for several neuropsychiatric disorders and has been demonstrated as a safe and effective procedure. This case presents a patient with bipolar depression that has been treated with 20 daily consecutive dTMS sessions and with one dTMS session every 2 weeks for the following 3 months. Depressive symptoms improved rapidly and response was maintained during the next 6 months; cognitive performances also improved. This report suggests that add-on dTMS may help overcoming drug-resistance in bipolar depression and protect from subsequent bipolar episodes of any polarity.

PMID:
22827578
DOI:
10.1080/13554794.2012.690429
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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