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Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in Chronic, Severe, Treatment Resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 22, 2008
Last Update Posted : August 22, 2008
Government Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Srinagar
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Government Medical College Srinagar

Brief Summary:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a chronic debilitating illness and few treatment options have demonstrated effectiveness. The study will look at the use of electroconvulsive therapy for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress disorder in patients who have not responded to multiple antidepressants or cognitive behavioral therapy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Procedure: Electroconvulsive Therapy Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy of ECT in Chronic, Severe, Antidepressant- And CBT-Refractory Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Open, Prospective Study
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2005

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Intervention Details:
  • Procedure: Electroconvulsive Therapy
    ECT was administered using the MECTA-SR1 apparatus. The current amplitude was 800 mA, pulse width was 1.5 ms, and pulse frequency was 50 Hz. Stimulus duration was increased as required to elicit an adequate seizure, defined as at least 25 s with EEG monitoring. The ECT course was fixed, and comprised 6 treatments administered with bitemporal electrode placement at a twice-weekly frequency

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinician-Administered Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Scale (CAPS) SCORE

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale score [ Time Frame: baseline, 48 hrs post 3rd, 6th ECT ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of PTSD
  • Treatment resistance to 4 different antidepressants from 3 different classes
  • Treatment resistance to CBT
  • Severe PTSD

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant substance abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • History of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Unstable comorbid medical illness
  • Organic brain syndrome

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00739856

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Government Hospital for Psychiatric Disease
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India, 190003
Sponsors and Collaborators
Government Medical College Srinagar
Government Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Srinagar
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Principal Investigator: Mushtaq Margoob, MD Government Medical College Srinagar

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00739856     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GMCPTSD_ECT2005
First Posted: August 22, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 22, 2008
Last Verified: August 2008

Keywords provided by Government Medical College Srinagar:
posttraumatic stress disorder
electroconvulsive therapy
medication refractoriness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Pathologic Processes
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders