Electroconvulsive therapy for patients with major depression and probable Lewy Body dementia

Keith G. Rasmussen, J. Calvin Russell, Simon Kung, Teresa A. Rummans, Emily Rae-Stuart, M. Kevin O'Connor

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Abstract

Patients with dementia and depression are commonly encountered in ECT practice. A large body of case reports and case series in demented patients attests to the utility of ECT in treating concomitant depression in this population. However, there are no reported cases of patients with suspected Lewy Body dementia and depression treated with ECT. We describe our experience in treating seven such patients. All of them enjoyed substantial relief from depression with ECT, which they tolerated well. It is concluded that ECT can be effective in treating depression associated with probable Lewy Body dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2003

Keywords

  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Lewy Body dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Rasmussen, K. G., Russell, J. C., Kung, S., Rummans, T. A., Rae-Stuart, E., & Kevin O'Connor, M. (2003). Electroconvulsive therapy for patients with major depression and probable Lewy Body dementia. Journal of ECT, 19(2), 103-109. https://doi.org/10.1097/00124509-200306000-00009