Maintenance electroconvulsive therapy for intractable Parkinson's disease

Steven P. Wengel, William J. Burke, Ronald F. Pfeiffer, William H. Roccaforte, Stephen R. Paige

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The authors administered electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to four patients with intractable Parkinson's disease who were free from depression or dementia. After an initial 'acute' phase, subjects received bitemporal maintenance ECT every 3 to 4 weeks for up to 12 months. Serial measures of mood, cognition, and motor function were performed. One subject developed cognitive impairment after seven maintenance treatments, and another developed delusions during the acute phase of the study. The two subjects completing the 12-month maintenance phase noted significant reductions in 'off' time without impairment of cognitive functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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