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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2011, Article ID 638506, 2 pages
Case Report

Electroconvulsive Therapy and Corpus Callosum Aplasia: A 3-Year Followup

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Nussbaumstraße 7, 80336 Munich, Germany

Received 8 July 2011; Accepted 29 August 2011

Academic Editor: T. Inada

Copyright © 2011 Ulrich Palm et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a powerful treatment option in severe or chronic catatonic states and has been reported to be useful in oligophrenic patients. We report the followup medical history of a patient with corpus callosum aplasia (or agenesis) who was continuously treated with ECT over three years. First, he improved considerably after a series of ECT, but relapses of catatonia made a continuous, weekly ECT necessary. Due to the severity of the brain malformation, an add-on medication with benzodiazepines and second generation antipsychotics was necessary to treat catatonic symptoms. This case emphasises the benefits of long-term ECT in oligophrenic patients.