Safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy in patients over age 85

Tracy A. Tomac, Teresa A. Rummans, Thomas S. Pileggi, Hongzhe Li

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Abstract

The authors report that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be used safely and effectively in patients over age 85 with concurrent psychiatric and medical problems. Affective and psychotic illnesses are common and debilitating in geriatric patients. This same population has a high frequency of medical comorbidity, which makes it difficult for patients to tolerate adequate doses of standard pharmacotherapies to treat psychiatric problems. Also, many of these individuals are nonresponsive to psychopharmacologic therapies tried. Consequently, ECT becomes an important treatment option in elderly patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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Electroconvulsive Therapy
Safety
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Geriatrics
Comorbidity
Drug Therapy
Therapeutics
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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy in patients over age 85. / Tomac, Tracy A.; Rummans, Teresa A.; Pileggi, Thomas S.; Li, Hongzhe.

In: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1997, p. 126-130.

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Tomac, Tracy A. ; Rummans, Teresa A. ; Pileggi, Thomas S. ; Li, Hongzhe. / Safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy in patients over age 85. In: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 1997 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 126-130.
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