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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-59

Is a Grandmal Seizure Necessary and Sufficient for the Efficacy of Electro Convulsive Therapy ?

Consultant Psychiatrist, Mandiram Hospital, P.O. Manganam, Kerala-686018, India

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Abraham Verghese
Consultant Psychiatrist, Mandiram Hospital, P.O. Manganam, Kerala-686018
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PMID: 21407909

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This paper highlights the recent research findings which suggest that the old teaching that a grandma! seizure is both necessary and sufficient for the efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is not correct. It is necessary; but not sufficient. The stimulus intensity should be adjusted so that it is far above the seizure threshold in order to get maximum efficacy of ECT.



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