Dr. Armand Hausmann – Ihr Psychiater in Innsbruck
ECT response after relapse during continuation repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. A case report
Publikationen (Erstautor oder Mitautor) von Univ.-Prof. Dr. Armand Hausmann
rTMS is a new tool in the treatment of depression. Most scientific papers report on significant short-term antidepres sant effects in the treatment of patients suffering from non psychotic major depressive disorder (MDD). Need for continuation treatment seems to be indicated as latency to relapse without therapy was reported to be rather short .Till date only one paper deals with rTMS as a continua tion or maintenance therapy. Recent work shows that the 3 and 6 months outcome of rTMS treated patients equals the outcome of ECT in non-psychotic MDD and that patients could benefit of a rTMS substitution for ECT in a course of ECT. We describe a case in which we administered rTMS as a continuation treatment after a response to the acute rTMS course. The chosen rTMS frequency during continuation treatment was based on the APA-ECT guidelines for continuation treatment and the stimulus intensity on the results published by Pridmore indicating that rTMS corresponds to ECT in the relation 2:1.