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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 139-142

Issues in the use of Manintenance Electroconvulsive Therapy

1 Psychiatrist, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Shanthi Colony, 4th Avenue Anna nagar, Madras 600 040, India
2 Psychiatrist, Vijaya Hospital, Madras, India
3 Tutor, Department of Psychiatry, Sri ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Madras, India

Correspondence Address:
T N Srinivasan
Psychiatrist, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Shanthi Colony, 4th Avenue Anna nagar, Madras 600 040
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This case report on the use of Maintenance Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT-M) presents certain observations and raises some issues in the use of the method. The report offers wider indication for ECT-M, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and younger patients. It raises the issues that die duration of use of ECT-M can be short rather than indefinite and that in the post ECT-M period, drug maintenance using the same drugs which were ineffective pre-ECT-M can be used effectively. The report presents those observations for further systematic study. The cost benefit advantage of the method and its relevance to the need for more frequent use in developing countries is illustrated.



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