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Resolution of severe psychogenic dysphagia with ECT in an elderly patient

  • Tom S. Y. Kim (a1), Tariq Munshi (a1) and Maria Hussain (a1) (a2)


In this report we describe an 82-year female with a longstanding anxiety disorder who developed severe psychogenic dysphagia, leading to hospitalization due to failure to thrive. We describe for the first time the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to successfully manage a patient with pharmacological treatment resistant psychogenic dysphagia.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Maria Hussain, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Queens University, Providence Care Hospital, 752 King Street West, Postal Bag 603, Kingston, ON K7L 7X3, Canada. Phone: +613 549 6666 ext. 7839. Email:


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Resolution of severe psychogenic dysphagia with ECT in an elderly patient

  • Tom S. Y. Kim (a1), Tariq Munshi (a1) and Maria Hussain (a1) (a2)


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