Effective electroconvulsive therapy in a 92-year-old dementia patient with psychotic feature
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2007
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume 61, Issue 5, pages 568–570, October 2007
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KATAGAI, H., YASUI-FURUKORI, N., KIKUCHI, A. and KANEKO, S. (2007), Effective electroconvulsive therapy in a 92-year-old dementia patient with psychotic feature. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 61: 568–570. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.2007.01709.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2007
- Received 30 January 2007; revised 26 March 2007; accepted 27 May 2007.
Abstract A 92-year-old woman who suffered from dementia with psychotic feature was admitted to a psychiatric ward. She refused to eat or take any medications. After 0.5 mg i.v. injection haloperidol, prolongation of QTc interval occurred in the electrocardiogram. Therefore two sessions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) were performed carefully after informed consent was obtained by her family. Almost no psychotic symptoms were observed after the first ECT. No cognitive side-effects were observed during and after the two ECT sessions. This demonstrates that ECT can be used as an alternative treatment when elderly dementia patients with psychotic feature cannot tolerate medication.