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Resolution of Amnestic Effects of an Extended Course of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Kellner, Charles H. MD; Martin, Jane PhD; Strain, James J. MD; Spodek, Lesley MA; Creighton, Judy MA

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181ffe11a
Case Reports

We report the case of a 79-year-old man who had an episode of severe major depression treated with an extended course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and multiple medication trials. Electroconvulsive therapy was only modestly beneficial, and he had significant cognitive effects. Neuropsychological testing at 2 different time points during the episode documented the cognitive deficits, as well as the time course of their resolution. He ultimately made a full recovery from his depressive episode with substantial improvement of ECT-related cognitive deficits. This case adds to the neuropsychological literature documenting the transient nature of ECT-induced cognitive effects.

From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Received for publication August 2, 2010; accepted September 30, 2010.

Reprints: Charles H. Kellner, MD, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1230, New York, NY 10029 (e-mail:

The authors have nothing to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.