The Journal of ECT

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Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e31827e568c
Case Reports

Transient Hemiparesis (Todd’s Paralysis) After Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in a Patient With Major Depressive Disorder

Liff, Jeremy M. MD*; Bryson, Ethan O. MD; Maloutas, Eleni MD; Garruto, Kimberly NP§; Pasculli, Rosa M. BA; Briggs, Mimi C. BA; Kellner, Charles H. MD

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Abstract: We report the case of a 50-year-old man who exhibited transient left hemiparesis (Todd’s paralysis) after electroconvulsive therapy, which completely resolved within 10 minutes. Subsequent neurological evaluation was unremarkable for discrete etiologies for this event, other than Todd’s paralysis. We review the literature of this phenomenon in association with electroconvulsive therapy.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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