[Risk of long-lasting negative cognitive consequences after electroconvulsive therapy]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2013 Oct 28;175(44):2649-50.
[Article in Danish]


This case study describes a patient who had a unipolar depression and experienced long-lasting cognitive problems after electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Neuropsychological testing revealed lower scores on measures of learning, memory and sustained attention. These results stress the importance of informing patients who have ECT of the potential cognitive consequences of this treatment as it may influence the patients' functional capabilities. Prospective studies are needed since we do not have sufficient knowledge regarding the 3-5% of these patients who experience sustained cognitive problems.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests