Fixed high-dose electroconvulsive therapy in the elderly with depression: a double-blind, randomized

Por: Eletroconvulsoterapia - IPAN (Instituto de Pesquisas Avançadas em Neuroestimulação)  21/08/2009
Palavras-chave: Depressão, Antidepressivo, Estimulação Magnética Transcraniana

 OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy and tolerability of unilateral (RUL) and bilateral (BL) electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the elderly with depression. METHODS: Thirty-nine elderly inpatients with major depression referred to ECT were randomized into RUL or BL ECT, using high, fixed electrical doses. Cognition and depression severity were assessed before, during, and 1 month after treatment. Adverse effects were assessed after each session. RESULTS: Remission rates for RUL ECT (88.2%) and BL ECT (68.2%) were similar (P = 0.25). Reduction rates of depressive symptoms were also similar. There were no serious adverse events. There were more adverse effects in the BL ECT group (P = 0.05). BL ECT showed more short-term cognitive impairment, whereas improvements in neuropsychological scores were seen in both groups. Stoppe A, Louzã M, Rosa M, Gil G, Rigonatti S. J ECT. 2006 Jun;22(2):92-9.

Palavras-chave: Antidepressivo, Depressão, Eletroconvulsoterapia - Ect, EMTr, Estimulação Magnética Transcraniana

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