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Assessment of Cognitive Performance Using CNS Vital Signs After Electroconvulsive Treatment of Schizophrenia

Wysokiński, Adam MD, PhD; Dzienniak, Małgorzata MA; Kłoszewska, Iwona MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3182a35486
Brief Clinical Report Letters

Little is known how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) affects cognitive functions in subjects with schizophrenia. Assessment of cognitive functions in subjects with schizophrenia treated with ECT was performed using CNS Vital Signs computerized battery of tests. Thirteen patients treated with ECT plus antipsychotics were assessed before and after 12 to 15 bilateral ECT sessions. We did not find any important changes between pre-ECT and post-ECT cognitive performance. We also found that CNS Vital Signs is a useful computerized battery test for assessing cognitive functions of subjects treated with ECT.

From the Department of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychotic Disorders, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland.

Received for publication May 29, 2013; accepted June 26, 2013.

Reprints: Adam Wysokiński, MD, PhD, Department of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychotic Disorders, Medical University of Lodz, Czechoslowacka 8/10, 92-216 Lodz, Poland (e-mail: adam.wysokinski@gmail.com).

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures to report.

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