TITLE

Would monitoring by electroencephalogram improve the practice of electroconvulsive therapy?

AUTHOR(S)
Scott, Allan I.F.; Shering, P. Anne; Dykes, Sheena; Scott, A I; Shering, P A; Dykes, S
PUB. DATE
June 1989
SOURCE
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jun89, Vol. 154, p853
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Estimates of seizure length made by the treating psychiatrist were compared with estimates made by six-channel EEG in 100 electroconvulsive treatments in 22 depressed patients. In 70 treatments the doctor observed a fit which was shorter than 25 seconds. No doctor restimulated a patient in such a case and on only three occasions was the electrical stimulus increased at the next treatment. EEG monitoring revealed that only 30 of the treatments resulted in a seizure of less than 25 seconds, and this was detected in almost all cases by the treating doctor. The potential value of EEG monitoring was to identify patients whose visible seizure was short but where cerebral seizure length was satisfactory. Trainee psychiatrists often mismanage patients who have short seizures.
ACCESSION #
24894746

 

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