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Subclinical status epilepticus following ECT.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Convulsive therapy
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
2
Pages
134–138
Identifiers
PMID: 7552054
Source
Medline

Abstract

Subclinical status epilepticus is a rare complication of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). We describe the case of a 70-year-old man with psychotic depression who developed prolonged subclinical status epilepticus following an initial ECT treatment; he subsequently received a course of ECT without complications. It is important to consider status epilepticus in the differential diagnosis of patients who do not regain consciousness following ECT, even in the absence of overt motor seizure activity. The development of this complication does not preclude the future use of ECT; in fact, ECT has been repeated successfully in individuals who developed this complication, including this case. Identification of potential risk factors, appropriate preventive measures, and early intervention are important in the management of this complication. The literature is reviewed and appropriate preventive and treatment measures are discussed.

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