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Regulation of Intracerebral Pressure During Electroconvulsive Therapy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Rijnstate Hospital Identifier:
First received: January 9, 2008
Last updated: October 25, 2010
Last verified: October 2010
The purpose of this study is to determine whether electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has an influence on pressure within the human brain before, during and after ECT.

Depression Intracranial Pressure

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Regulation of Intracerebral Pressure During Electroconvulsive Therapy. Does Systemic Bloodpressure Reflect the Intracranial Pressure?

Further study details as provided by Rijnstate Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pulsatility Index before, during and after electroconvulsive therapy [ Time Frame: before, during and after three consecutive ECT treatments ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Bloodpressure before, during and after ECT. [ Time Frame: before, during and after three consecutive ECT treatments. ]

Estimated Enrollment: 16
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: July 2009
Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
All patients in the Rijnstate Hospital with an indication for unilateral ECT treatment and a major depression or psychotic depression according to DSM IV-TR criteria.

Detailed Description:
  1. Aim:

    1. Our main objective concerning this study is to determine to what extent ECT does lead to an increase of the Pulsatility Index (as an indicator of intracerebral pressure) measured by a Transcranial Doppler Device (TCD).
    2. As a secondary objective we want to compare the PI measurements with simultaneously measured systemic blood pressure.
  2. Study design:

    a.Observational study: cohort study

  3. Treatment:

    a. Treatment as usual, PI and blood pressure measurement at baseline, just before ECT, during and 5 minutes after ECT. Data will be collected during unilateral treatment during 3 consecutive ECT treatments.

  4. Endpoints:

    1. A minimum of sixteen patients are needed according to the power analysis.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
All patients indicated for unilateral ECT treatment in the Rijnstate Hospital with the diagnosis major depression and psychotic depressionaccording to DSM IV-TR classification. Patients who already started treatment and patients just starting ECT and are of age > 18 years.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Temporal window to measure PI
  • Major depression
  • Psychotic depression

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Under 18 years of age
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00597831

PAAZ Rijnstate Hospital
Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands, 6800 TA
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rijnstate Hospital
Principal Investigator: Roy LE Derikx, MD Rijnstate Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Derikx, MD, Rijnstate Hospital Identifier: NCT00597831     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LTC-491/251007
Study First Received: January 9, 2008
Last Updated: October 25, 2010

Keywords provided by Rijnstate Hospital:
electroconvulsive therapy
Ultrasonography Doppler Transcranial
intracranial pressure

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on September 19, 2017