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Falls associated with electroconvulsive therapy among the geriatric population: a case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18580567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the treatment of choice in many older individuals with depression and a few other conditions. Like all medical treatments, this intervention has certain possible risks, which include undesirable reactions associated with general anesthesia and those attributed specifically to ECT itself, such as short-term memory loss. The potential association of falls with ECT has not been well studied. Our recent literature search revealed that information on this topic consists mainly of chart reviews and case reports. We present a case of an older woman with a history of recurrent major depressive disorder that required intervention with ECT. She suffered 2 falls during her course of ECT. This case adds to the growing body of anecdotal evidence supporting an association of falls with ECT and highlights the need for more scientifically rigorous data to clarify whether this apparent association is real and/or causally related.
Authors:
Sanjay S Rao; John W Daly; Daniel D Sewell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of ECT     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1095-0680     ISO Abbreviation:  J ECT     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-26     Completed Date:  2008-10-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808943     Medline TA:  J ECT     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  173-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Accidental Falls*
Aged, 80 and over
Depressive Disorder / therapy*
Electroconvulsive Therapy / adverse effects*
Fatal Outcome
Female
Femoral Fractures / surgery
Humans

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