Brain volumetric correlates of right unilateral versus bitemporal electroconvulsive therapy for treatment-resistant depression

Marta Cano, Erik Lee, Narcís Cardoner, Ignacio Martínez-Zalacaín, Jesús Pujol, Nikos Makris, Michael Henry, Esther Via, Rosa Hernández-Ribas, Oren Contreras-Rodríguez, José M. Menchón, Mikel Urretavizcaya, Carles Soriano-Mas, Joan A. Camprodon

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Abstract

© 2019, American Psychiatric Association. All rights reserved. Objective: The selection of a bitemporal (BT) or right unilateral (RUL) electrode placement affects the efficacy and side effects of ECT. Previous studies have not entirely described the neurobiological underpinnings of such differential effects. Recent neuroimaging research on gray matter volumes is contributing to our understanding of the mechanismof action of ECT and could clarify the differential mechanisms of BT and RUL ECT. Methods: To assess the whole-brain gray matter volumetric changes observed after treating patients with treatmentresistant depression with BT or RUL ECT, the authors used MRI to assess 24 study subjects with treatment-resistant depression (bifrontotemporal ECT, N=12; RUL ECT, N=12) at two time points (before the first ECT session and after ECT completion). Results: Study subjects receiving BT ECT showed graymatter volume increases in the bilateral limbic system, but subjects treated with RUL ECT showed gray matter volume increases limited to the right hemisphere. The authors observed significant differences between the two groups in midtemporal and subcortical limbic structures in the left hemisphere. Conclusions: These findings highlight that ECT-induced gray matter volume increases may be specifically observed in the stimulated hemispheres. The authors suggest that electrode placement may relevantly contribute to the development of personalized ECT protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-158
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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