ECT-induced delirium in depressed patients with Parkinson's disease.


Journal Article

In this pilot study, a prolonged (interictal) delirium was induced by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in seven out of seven depressed patients with Parkinson's disease. This occurrence of delirium appears much higher than what has been reported in other patient populations. These findings are consistent with several lines of data that have implicated the basal ganglia in the development of delirium from other causes, and they suggest that structural changes in these areas may predispose individuals to develop an interictal delirium during a course of ECT.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Figiel, GS; Hassen, MA; Zorumski, C; Krishnan, KR; Doraiswamy, PM; Jarvis, MR; Smith, DS

Published Date

  • 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 405 - 411

PubMed ID

  • 1821261

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1821261

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-0172

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/jnp.3.4.405


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States