Brain magnetic resonance imaging findings in ECT-induced delirium.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A prolonged (interictal) but reversible delirium was induced by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in 10 of 87 (11%) elderly depressed patients. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed several structural abnormalities, particularly basal ganglia and moderate to severe subcortical white-matter lesions, in the patients who developed delirium. These findings are consistent with several lines of data that have implicated the basal ganglia and subcortical white matter in the development of delirium from other causes and suggest that lesions in these areas may predispose one to developing an interictal delirium during a course of ECT.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Figiel, GS; Coffey, CE; Djang, WT; Hoffman, G; Doraiswamy, PM

Published Date

  • 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 58

PubMed ID

  • 2136061

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-0172

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/jnp.2.1.53


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States