To avoid chronic distress and increasing social isolation, patients with severe, medication-resistant Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) require treatment alternatives. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is such an alternative treatment, which, however, is rarely mentioned in the literature: a Pubmed search revealed only 7 reports on GTS and ECT, and there were no long-term data on continuously applied maintenance ECT in GTS. This report is the first to document a 5-year-long, full remission from severe GTS after long-term ECT.
From the Departments of *Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, †Neurology and ‡Neurosurgery, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany.
Received for publication April 8, 2010; accepted May 6, 2010.
Reprints: Sandra Dehning, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Nußbaumstr. 7, 80336 Munich, Germany (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Competing interest: None declared.