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Moderate clinical improvement with maintenance ECT in a 17-year-old boy with intractable catatonic schizophrenia

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Consoli, Angèle; Boulicot, Valérie; Cornic, Françoise; Fossati, Philippe; Barbeau, Martine; Cohen, David

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Abstract The use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) in adolescents is controversial, and few studies have been conducted to assess its efficacy and safety in this population. We report the case of a 19-year-old boy who received two series of ECT, one at 15 and another at 16, for intractable catatonic schizophrenia. Since the age of 17, he has required treatment combining clozapine and maintenance ECT. The course showed a sustained moderate improvement. The treatment permitted the patient to regain some autonomy with moderate adverse effects. ECT remains an uncommon treatment in adolescents, and the current case supports the view that it should not be banned in young people.
Classification Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Treatment and Prevention
Free Keywords catatonic schizophrenia; adolescent; electro-convulsive therapy; maintenance ECT
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 250-254
Journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 18 (2009) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-008-0724-6
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)