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Letter to the Editor

Electroconvulsive Therapy for Coexistent Schizophrenia and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Moysés P. R. Chaves, MD; José Alexandre S. Crippa, PhD; Sí­lvio L. Morais, MD; and Antônio Waldo Zuardi, PhD

Published: April 15, 2005

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Sir: There are now many studies showing the coexistenceof schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),1which often worsens the prognosis for remission of bothillnesses. Likewise, it is well known that electroconvulsivetherapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for schizophrenia patientswho are resistant to antipsychotic drugs, and some studiessuggest the same for OCD.2 We report a case of comorbidity ofboth conditions successfully treated with ECT as evaluated bystandardized clinical rating scales.’ ‹

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