Electroconvulsive Therapy for Epilepsy and Major Depression

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Abstract

In this first report of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the simultaneous treatment of seizures and depressive episodes, the authors discuss the use of ECT in the treatment of complex-partial seizures and major depression in a geriatric patient who refused antidepressant and antiepileptic medication. ECT has numerous anticonvulsant effects, including elevated seizure threshold and decreased seizure duration, which make it a useful adjunctive therapy in epilepsy that is refractory or not amenable to treatment with medication.

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