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Long-Term Results of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Severe Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome

Dehning, Sandra MD*; Feddersen, Berend MD, PhD; Mehrkens, Jan-Hinnerk MD; Müller, Norbert MD, PhD*

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181eb30b3
Original Studies

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:

Competing interest: None declared.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.