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Intraictal Cessation of Electroencephalographic Activity During Electroconvulsive Therapy

Batson, Nicholas E. MD; McCall, W. Vaughn MD; Rosenquist, Peter B. MD

Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e31820365ac
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Abstract

There have been a few reports of intraictal cessation of electroencephalographic (EEG) activity during electroconvulsive therapy. We present a case of a gentleman with recurrent severe major depressive disorder, who had a "start-stop-start" phenomenon of EEG activity during his electroconvulsive therapy treatment. This brief intraictal arrest of activity demonstrates the importance of continued EEG monitoring to confirm the postictal termination phase.

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From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC.

Received for publication May 17, 2010; accepted October 23, 2010.

Reprints: Nicholas E. Batson, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, One Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157 (e-mail: nbatson@wfubmc.edu).

This study has no sources of support that require acknowledgment.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.