Electroconvulsive therapy and risk of dementia in patients with affective disorders: a cohort study

The Lancet Psychiatry

Fecha de publicación: 06 March 2018

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(18)30056-7

Autores: Prof Merete Osler, DMSc, Maarten Pieter Rozing, MD, Gunhild Tidemann Christensen, PhD, Prof Per Kragh Andersen, DMSc, Prof Martin Balslev Jørgensen, DMSc

Background: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most effective treatment for severe episodes of mood disorders. Temporary memory loss is a common side-effect, but ongoing discussions exist regarding potential long-term adverse cognitive outcomes. Only a few studies have examined the frequency of dementia in patients after ECT. The aim of this study was to examine the association between ECT and risk of subsequent dementia in patients with a first-time hospital diagnosis of affective disorder.


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