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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1996 Nov;18(6):436-9.

Electroconvulsive therapy in the very old.

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University of Louisville, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Edward E. Landis Geriatric Psychiatry Center, Norton Hospital, KY, USA.

Abstract

At least one study has questioned the safety of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the very old. In this study, the authors reviewed a 5-year experience with ECT at two university psychiatric services for patients 75 years of age or older. Both outcomes and complications were reviewed. Nineteen of 22 patients (86.3%) were ECT responders. Five patients (22.7%) suffered complications which varied from minor to substantial. ECT was found to be an effective and reasonably safe treatment for depression in the very old.

PMID:
8937911
DOI:
10.1016/s0163-8343(96)00090-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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