Electroconvulsive therapy in a patient with multiple sclerosis and recurrent catatonia

Theodote K. Pontikes, Stephen H. Dinwiddie

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Catatonia is a rare complication of multiple sclerosis (MS). We present a case of a 28-year-old inpatient with MS successfully treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) after developing a catatonic syndrome. A subsequent relapse also responded to ECT, after which the patient received maintenance ECT for 13 months without complications. Follow-up 18 months later did not reveal any evidence of neurological deterioration. We conclude that ECT was a safe and effective treatment in this MS patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-271
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


  • catatonia
  • electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)


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