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Cerebral and Brain Stem Changes After ECT Revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • A. J. Mander (a1), A. Whitfield (a2), D. M. Kean (a3), M. A. Smith (a3), R. H. B. Douglas (a3) and R. E. Kendell (a4)...

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Nuclear magnetic resonance images of the brain were obtained in fourteen patients with major depression during a course of ECT. The T 1, relaxation time rose immediately after the fit reaching a maximum 4–6 h later. The T 1, values then returned to their original level; no long-term increase occurred over the course of treatment. These results are consistent with an extensive but temporary breakdown of the blood-brain barrier during ECT.

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Professorial Unit, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside, Edinburgh EH 10 5HF

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Cerebral and Brain Stem Changes After ECT Revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • A. J. Mander (a1), A. Whitfield (a2), D. M. Kean (a3), M. A. Smith (a3), R. H. B. Douglas (a3) and R. E. Kendell (a4)...

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Cerebral and Brain Stem Changes After ECT Revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • A. J. Mander (a1), A. Whitfield (a2), D. M. Kean (a3), M. A. Smith (a3), R. H. B. Douglas (a3) and R. E. Kendell (a4)...
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