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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 193-197

The incidence of prolonged post-electroconvulsive therapy delirium: A retrospective study


Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Sandeep Grover
Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
India
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_553_19

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Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the incidence and determinants of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)-induced delirium. Materials and Methods: Using a retrospective study design, data of 488 patients undergoing modified ECT were evaluated for the development of new-onset prolonged delirium. Demographic and clinical parameters of patients who developed delirium and those who did not develop delirium were compared. Results: 5.7% of the patients developed prolonged post-ECT delirium. The use of quetiapine in higher doses and the lack of use of antidepressants while receiving ECT were associated with the development of prolonged post-ECT delirium. None of the other clinical and ECT-related parameters emerged as a significant factor associated with the development of prolonged post-ECT delirium. Conclusions: A small proportion of patients undergoing ECT develop post-ECT prolonged delirium.



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