Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy in Severe Agitation in Alzheimer's Dementia Rochester, MN

    McLean hospital,  Mayo Clinic,  Emory University, LIJ/Northwell, and Pine Rest Mental Health are conducting a research study using Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)  to treat agitation in dementia. ECT is a treatment done under general anesthesia, in which brief electric currents are passed through the brain to trigger a brief seizure. It is a safe and highly effective treatment for depression.


    Agitation is common in nearly 60% of patients with dementia, increases caretaker burden, creates safety risk for individuals with dementia and others and increases risk for hospitalization and nursing home placement.


    While ECT ...


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