Combined alfentanil-methohexital anesthesia in electroconvulsive therapy

S. H. Dinwiddie*, K. E. Isenberg

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Eight patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) were anesthetized with alfentanil, 25 mcg/kg, plus 20 mg methohexital, alternating with standard methohexital anesthesia. Combination alfentanil-methohexital anesthesia was associated with a 45% increase in EEG seizure duration. Preliminary evidence suggests that ECT anesthesia using short-acting opiate compounds may prove to be a promising alternative to standard modified ECT, especially for patients with brief seizures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalConvulsive Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 5 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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