Anaesthesia for electroconvulsive therapy: Use of propofol revisited

B. Fredman, M. M. Husain, P. F. White*

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In three clinically depressed patients undergoing repeated electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with either propofol or methohexitone, dose-dependent decreases in the duration of motor and EEG seizure activity were noted. Use of a 'minimally' hypnotic dose of propofol (0.75-1.0 mg kg-1) was associated with a seizure duration which was comparable to standard hypnotic doses of methohexitone. We conclude that doses of propofol < 1.5 mg kg-1 are associated with a clinically acceptable duration of EEG seizure activity (> 30 s) during ECT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-425
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Anaesthesiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Anaesthesia
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Intravenous anaesthetics
  • Methohexitone
  • Propofol
  • Seizure duration
  • Seizure threshold


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