The on-line journal Epilepsia Open has recently (December 2018) published an article by Caroline Schotte and colleagues at Leuven University, Belgium (“Development of temporal lobe epilepsy during maintenance electroconvulsive therapy: a case of human kindling?”).
The authors describe the case of a woman, aged 67, who had 1100 electroconvulsive treatments (ECT), which they say is a record in the literature. After about 800 treatments she developed temporal lobe epilepsy.
“In 1974 she was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, refractory to medical treatment. Since 1995 she was treated with weekly ECT, initially with bitemporal and since 2004 with unilateral right temporal electrode placement because of cognitive deterioration. The ECT frequency was lowered shortly before her first visit to the outpatient neurological clinic to once every two weeks. She received a total of over 1100 sessions. ECT proved very effective in controlling the bipolar disorder. Trials to discontinue ECT in…
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