Moderate clinical improvement with maintenance ECT in a 17-year-old boy with intractable catatonic schizophrenia

Angèle Consoli, Valérie Boulicot, Françoise Cornic, Philippe Fossati, Martine Barbeau, David Cohen

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Abstract

The use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) in adolescents is controversial, and few studies have been conducted to assess its efficacy and safety in this population. We report the case of a 19-year-old boy who received two series of ECT, one at 15 and another at 16, for intractable catatonic schizophrenia. Since the age of 17, he has required treatment combining clozapine and maintenance ECT. The course showed a sustained moderate improvement. The treatment permitted the patient to regain some autonomy with moderate adverse effects. ECT remains an uncommon treatment in adolescents, and the current case supports the view that it should not be banned in young people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-254
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Catatonic schizophrenia
  • Electro-convulsive therapy
  • Maintenance ECT

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