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Electroconvulsive Therapy in Early Adolescents With Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Baeza, Immaculada MD, PhD*†‡; Pons, Alexandre MD, PhD†§; Horga, Guillermo MD§; Bernardo, Miquel MD, PhD†§∥; Lázaro, Maria Luisa MD, PhD*†∥; Castro-Fornieles, Josefina MD, PhD*∥§

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181a2f836
Case Report

Electroconvulsive therapy is scarcely used in adolescents with diagnoses of schizophrenia, although it has been reported as an effective and safe treatment in the previous literature. We present 3 cases of early adolescent patients with schizophrenia who were treated with electroconvulsive therapy without adverse effects.

From the *Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Department, Hospital Clínic i Universitari, Barcelona, Spain; †Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red Salud Mental (CIBERSAM); ‡Programa Esquizofrènia Clínic, Hospital Clínic i Universitari, Barcelona Spain; §Psychiatry Department, Hospital Clínic i Universitari, Barcelona Spain; and ∥Institut D'Investigacions Biològiques August Pi I Sunyer (IDIPAPS)

Received for publication February 14, 2009; accepted February 18, 2009.

Reprints: Immaculada Baeza, MD, PhD, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, Institut Clínic of Neurosciences, Hospital Clínic Universitari, C/ Villarroel, 170, Barcelona 08036, Spain (e-mail: ibaeza@clinic.ub.es).

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.