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ECT for Major Depression and Mania with Advanced Dementia

Weintraub, Daniel M.D.; Lippmann, Steven B. M.D.

Case Report

Two patients with advanced dementia and severe affective disorders were successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) without significant adverse effects. These reports illustrate that ECT can be effective for depression and mania even when complicated by moderate or severe dementia.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Received August 11, 1999; accepted June 15, 2000.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. D. Weintraub, Norton Psychiatric Center, 200 East Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202, U.S.A.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.