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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 290-1

Electro convulsive therapy in a pre-pubertal child with severe depression.

Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 002, India. , India

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P S Russell
Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 002, India.
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Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) in pre-pubertal children is a controversial and underreported treatment. Even though the effectiveness and side effects of ECT in adolescents are comparable with those in adults, there is a pervasive reluctance to use ECT in children and adolescents. We report the case of a pre-pubertal child in an episode of severe depression with catatonic features, where a protracted course of ECT proved life-saving in spite of prolonged duration of seizures and delayed response to treatment. The case illustrates the safety and efficacy of ECT in children. Relevant literature is also reviewed along with the case report.


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