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Nagendra Madan Singh, T N Sathyaprabha, Kashyap Malthish, Jagadisha Thirthalli, Chittaranjan Andrade
BACKGROUND: Studies have examined the effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on human cardiac electrophysiology. However, no study has so far examined whether these effects vary with the magnitude of the electrical dose used to elicit the seizure. Because the benefits and adverse effects of the ECT seizure are dose-dependent, we examined the effects of different electrical doses of electroconvulsive shocks (ECS) on cardiac electrophysiology in an animal model with a view to determine whether cardiac electrophysiology could be a useful proxy to evaluate the quality of the ECT seizure...
March 2, 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Hannah Maier, Saskia Helm, Sermin Toto, Nicole Moschny, Wolfgang Sperling, Thomas Hillemacher, Kai G Kahl, Ewgeni Jakubovski, Stefan Bleich, Helge Frieling, Alexandra Neyazi
Background: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most effective treatment options for refractory depressed patients. To date, there are only a few predictors of response. Aim: The aim was to identify predictive biomarkers of remission to ECT on a molecular level. Methods: 11 patients suffering from a major depressive episode-according to the Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)-underwent 10 ECT sessions...
2018: Disease Markers
Arash Nayeri, Eric Rafla-Yuan, Srikanth Krishnan, Boback Ziaeian, Martin Cadeiras, John A McPherson, Quinn S Wells
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC), also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, has been increasingly described in relation to psychiatric illness. METHODS: We performed a literature review to identify the key findings related to psychiatric illness in TC that may be relevant to the practice of mental health and other health care providers. RESULTS: The association of psychiatric illness with TC in addition to the spectrum of psychiatric illness found in TC, the role of exacerbation or treatment of psychiatric illness in triggering TC, different modes of presentation, prognostic implications, and long-term management of psychiatric illness in TC are discussed...
February 2, 2018: Psychosomatics
Yuanhan Bai, Xi Yang, Zhiqiang Zeng, Haichen Yang
BACKGROUND: Ritualistic behaviors are common in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), while catatonic stupor occasionally occurs in psychotic or mood disorders. Schizoaffective disorder is a specific mental disorder involving both psychotic and affective symptoms. The syndrome usually represents a specific diagnosis, as in the case of the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) or the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)...
March 13, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
Sohag N Sanghani, Georgios Petrides, Charles H Kellner
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: ECT remains an important, yet underutilized, treatment for schizophrenia. Recent research shows that medication-resistant patients with schizophrenia, including those resistant to clozapine, respond well to ECT augmentation. The purpose of this article is to review recent studies of the use of ECT in the treatment of schizophrenia. RECENT FINDINGS: We performed an electronic database search for articles on ECT and schizophrenia, published in 2017...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
O Somasundaram, Ponnudurai Ratnaraj
Period of Custodial Care Only: The magnificent "Institute of Mental Health" has its history almost from 1795 when the East India company appointed Surgeon Valentine Conolly to be in charge of a "House for accommodating persons of unsound mind." After a few transitions, backed by a government order for the construction of a lunatic asylum in a 66 1/2 acre site, the asylum started functioning from 1871. The period of about six decades from its inception could be referred to as "the period of custodial care...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Merete Osler, Maarten Pieter Rozing, Gunhild Tidemann Christensen, Per Kragh Andersen, Martin Balslev Jørgensen
BACKGROUND: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most effective treatment for severe episodes of mood disorders. Temporary memory loss is a common side-effect, but ongoing discussions exist regarding potential long-term adverse cognitive outcomes. Only a few studies have examined the frequency of dementia in patients after ECT. The aim of this study was to examine the association between ECT and risk of subsequent dementia in patients with a first-time hospital diagnosis of affective disorder...
March 6, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
Ian M Anderson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 6, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
Charles H Kellner, Elżbieta J Borys
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2018: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Behailu Kibret, Malin Premaratne, Caley Sullivan, Richard H Thomson, Paul B Fitzgerald
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment option for severe mental illness during pregnancy. However, there is little knowledge about the amount of electric field produced inside the foetus, which is important to understand the effects of ECT on the foetal excitable tissues. Thus, in this paper, the electric field strength inside the foetus was computed and compared to the basic restriction of the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). A computational human phantom representing a 30-weeks pregnant female, four types of electrode placements and a range of stimulus pulse width (0...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rachel Meyen, Elia E Acevedo-Diaz, Sparsha S Reddy
BACKGROUND: Untangling catatonia and delirium can be challenging. Furthermore, treatment of one syndrome can potentially worsen another. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 71-year-old patient with a history of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar subtype, who developed catatonia and delirium with prominent psychotic symptoms, during a single hospitalization. Treatment of this patient's catatonia with benzodiazepines exacerbated delirium, while treatment of psychotic symptoms precipitated by delirium with antipsychotics led to catatonia...
March 3, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Marlijn Vermeiden, Astrid M Kamperman, Witte J G Hoogendijk, Walter W van den Broek, Tom K Birkenhäger
BACKGROUND: In patients suffering from major depressive disorder, non-response to initial antidepressant monotherapy is relatively common. The use of treatment algorithms may optimize and enhance treatment outcome. METHODS: A single-center 3-phase treatment algorithm was evaluated for inpatients with major depressive disorder, i.e. phase I (n = 85): 7 weeks optimal antidepressant monotherapy (imipramine or venlafaxine); phase II (n = 39): 4 weeks subsequent plasma level-targeted dose lithium addition in case of insufficient improvement of antidepressant monotherapy; and phase III (n = 8): subsequent electroconvulsive therapy in case of insufficient improvement of antidepressant‑lithium treatment...
March 2, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Ethan O Bryson, Charles H Kellner, Erin H Li, Amy S Aloysi, Matthew Majeske
OBJECTIVES: To determine what dose of succinylcholine falls outside the range of 2 SD above or below the mean optimal dose of 0.9 mg/kg used for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). METHODS: In this retrospective chart review, for all patients who received ECT at our institution within the 5-year study period, the initial dose of succinylcholine in milligrams per kilogram was compared with subsequent doses after adjustments were made for individual patient responses...
March 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Hirotsugu Kawashima, Yuko Kobayashi, Taro Suwa, Toshiya Murai, Ryuichi Yoshioka
Inducing adequate therapeutic seizures during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is sometimes difficult due to a high seizure threshold, even at the maximum stimulus charge. Previous studies have demonstrated that seizure threshold is lower in patients treated with right unilateral ultrabrief pulse (RUL-UBP) ECT than in those treated with bilateral or brief pulse (BL-BP) ECT. Therefore, switching to RUL-UBP ECT may be beneficial for patients in whom seizure induction is difficult with conventional ECT. In the present report, we discuss the case of a patient suffering from catatonic schizophrenia in whom BL-BP ECT failed to induce seizures at the maximum charge...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Sandeep Grover, Aditya Somani, Neeru Sahni, Sahil Mehta, Swati Choudhary, Rahul Kumar Chakravarty, Anju Moni Rabha
Depression is a common comorbidity in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD). Available evidence suggests that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for depression and also improves symptoms of PD. However, literature on usefulness of ECT in parkinsonian symptoms is limited. A review of records of all patients receiving ECT from 2010 to April 2017 in the authors' clinic yielded six cases (0.63% of all patients who received ECT at the authors' center over last 7 years) of depression with PD who were treated with ECT...
February 1, 2018: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
Priyanka Thukral-Mahajan, Nilesh Shah, Gurvinder Kalra, Chittaranjan Andrade
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is considered relatively contraindicated in patients with intracranial space-occupying lesions. A 53-year-old male presented with a 5-year history of medication-refractory major depressive disorder. Brain imaging findings suggested the presence of a ruptured dermoid cyst in the transverse sinus and a calcified meningioma in the temporal lobe sulcal space. There was no evidence of mass effect. Neurofibromatosis was the only other clinical condition present. The patient had no clinical neurological deficits...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Sandeep Grover, Pooja Sikka, Shiv Sajan Saini, Neeru Sahni, Subho Chakrabarti, Devakshi Dua, Anisha Aggarwal, Anita Thakur, Shallu Dhiman, Amal Jolly, Swapnajeet Sahoo, Aseem Mehra, Aditya Somani
There is limited literature on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during pregnancy. ECT is considered as a treatment of last resort during pregnancy. In this case series, we present the data of five patients who were administered ECT during pregnancy. The use of ECT required multidisciplinary approach involving psychiatrist, gynecologist, anesthetist and neonatologist. Two patients received ECT during the second trimester and three patients received ECT during the third trimester. In all the patients, ECT was administered by placing the patients in the left lateral position, glycopyrrolate was used for premedication, thiopentone was used for induction, and succinylcholine was used for muscle relaxation...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Pascal Sienaert, Harm-Pieter Spaans, Charles H Kellner
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February 28, 2018: Journal of ECT
Jennifer L Kruse, Eliza Congdon, Richard Olmstead, Stephanie Njau, Elizabeth C Breen, Katherine L Narr, Randall Espinoza, Michael R Irwin
OBJECTIVE: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most robust acute treatment for severe major depressive disorder, yet clinical response is variable. Inflammation is associated with depression, especially in women, and levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin (IL)-6 predict response to antidepressant medications. This study evaluated whether markers of inflammation predicted response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in patients with treatment-resistant depression and to what extent this association differed between men and women...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Chittaranjan Andrade
One meta-analysis of ketamine anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy found no improvement of end-point antidepressant outcomes; another meta-analysis with a broader range of included trials found that ketamine improved both early and late outcomes. If ketamine anaesthesia is useful, researchers may need to look for benefits earlier during the treatment course. Declaration of interest None.
March 2018: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
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