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Chronic Catatonic Schizophrenia Treated Successfully With Right Unilateral Ultrabrief Pulse Electroconvulsive Therapy: Case Report

Cupina, Denise MD, FRANZCP*†; Patil, Sachin MBBS, DPM*; Loo, Colleen MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP, MD*†‡

Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e31827659e4
Case Reports
Abstract

Abstract: Catatonia is a syndrome with prominent motor and behavioral symptoms commonly seen in acutely ill psychiatric patients. Catatonic symptoms have been considered as positive predictors of response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT); however, few studies so far have addressed the role of ECT treatment technique in schizophrenia. We present the case of a 41-year-old woman with chronic catatonic schizophrenia who was treated successfully with a course of ultrabrief right unilateral ECT.

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From the *St. George Hospital, Sydney, Australia; †School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; and ‡Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia.

Received for publication August 19, 2012; accepted September 26, 2012.

Reprints: Colleen Loo, MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP, MD, St. George Hospital, Sydney, Australia, Professor, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Level 2, James Laws House, St. George Hospital, Gray Street, Kogarah, NSW 2217, Sydney, Australia (e-mail: colleen.loo@unsw.edu.au).

The first and second authors report no conflict of interest and have not received any financial help from the research grant or pharmaceutical industry. The third author, Professor Loo, has received honoraria in the last 3 years from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Servier for giving talks at psychiatry conferences sponsored by these companies.

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