Electroconvulsive therapy for elderly patients with multiple system atrophy: A case series

David M. Roane, John D. Rogers, Lauren Helew, Jean Zarate

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Abstract

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurological illness associated with parkinsonism. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) improves motor function in Parkinson's disease and, thus, might be beneficial in MSA. Three cases of MSA treated with ECT are described. All patients improved neurologically, but none regained independent ambulation. A review, including previously reported cases, demonstrates that ECT can be safe and effective for depression associated with MSA. Reduced tremor and rigidity may occur, but substantial gait improvement cannot be expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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