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Recovery after electroconvulsive therapy: comparison of propofol with methohexitone anesthesia


Matters, RM and Beckett, WG and Kirkby, KC and King, TE, Recovery after electroconvulsive therapy: comparison of propofol with methohexitone anesthesia, British Journal of Anaesthesia, 75, (3) pp. 297-300. ISSN 0007-0912 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1093/bja/75.3.297


We have studied prospectively 39 patients receiving a course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for major depressive disorder; they were allocated randomly to receive either propofol or methohexitone for anaesthesia. Recovery after the third ECT treatment was assessed by finger tap and digit symbol substitution tests at 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 min after induction. Seizure duration (median (interquartile range)) was shorter with propofol (24 (10)s) than methohexitone (29 (17)s) (P = 0.08). There was no significant difference in psychometric recovery for drug type, duration of the seizure or initial severity of depression. These results suggest that the more rapid recovery rates noted with propofol in other procedures are not evident after electrically induced seizures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
ID Code:5214
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Clinical Sciences
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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