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Comparison of Thiopental and Propofol as Anaesteticum During ECT

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2007 by Rigshospitalet, Denmark.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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Rigshospitalet, Denmark Identifier:
First received: September 21, 2006
Last updated: November 13, 2007
Last verified: November 2007

Electroconvulsive therapy is the most effective treatment in severe depression and the effect is related to the generalized seizure induced by the treatment. General anesthesia is used during the treatment. Since only a brief period of unconsciousness is required anesthetics with a rapid recovery profile are used.

Methohexital, a barbiturat, is internationally considered "the golden standard", bot other short-acting anesthetics are used. In Denmark the most frequent used anestheticum for ECT is Thiopental, a barbiturat, but also Propofol, a non-barbiturat, is used in many psychiatric departments.

Several studies have shown that Propofol reduce seizure duration in comparison with barbiturates. So far, no studies have demonstrated any clinical implications of the reduced seiziure duration. However, these studies have included rather few patiens, most have been retrospective, and in the only prospective study conducted, uni-lateral ECT was used.

The aim of this study is to compare the clinical effect of ECT in patients anesthesized with either Propofol or Thiopental. The hypothesis is that the shorter duration of seizures found with Propofol as anestheticum will increase the number of treatments needed to clinial respons. Furthermore we want to study differences in EEG-relate parameters previously shown to have prognostic value. Hospitalized patients with major depression, who is to be treated with ECT, are randomized to anesthizia with either Thiopental or Propofol. They are rated with Hamilton depression scale and BDI before treatment, after six treatments and when treatment is concluded. When treatment is ended the patients are furthermore rated with MMSE to evaluate their degree of cognitive impairment.

Condition Intervention
Depression Drug: Propofol Thiopental

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comparison of Thiopental and Propofol as Anaesteticum During ECT

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Further study details as provided by Rigshospitalet, Denmark:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of ECT-treatments required to treat depression
  • Duration of seizures
  • Amount of energy required to initiate seizure

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • EEG-related parameters
  • Changes in seizure-threshold
  • Haemodynamic parameters
  • Cognitive impairment

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: January 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Major depression, hospitalized

Exclusion Criteria:

  • age under 18, allergi to anestheticum, out-clinic patients, ECT because of other diseases
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00379886

Rigshospitalet, Department of Psychiatry Recruiting
Blegdamsvej 9, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
Contact: Jeanett Ø Bauer, MD, pHD    0045 35819411   
Contact: Martin B Joergensen, M.D., pHD    0045 3545 6263   
Principal Investigator: Jeanett Ø Bauer, M.D., pHD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Principal Investigator: Martin Balslev Jørgensen, M.D Rigshospitalet, Department of Psychiatry, Copenhagen, Denmark
  More Information Identifier: NCT00379886     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ECT-Jan2004-Jan2007
Study First Received: September 21, 2006
Last Updated: November 13, 2007

Keywords provided by Rigshospitalet, Denmark:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General
GABA Modulators
GABA Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on August 17, 2017