Treating hallucination in schizophrenia spectrum disorders with rTMS

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation uses a non-invasive and relatively painless tool to stimulate the human brain in vivo using very strong, pulsed magnetic fields. It is also used to explore and elucidate neocortical functions and treat neuropsychiatric disorders. Yingli Zhang…

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation uses a non-invasive and relatively painless tool to stimulate the human brain in vivo using very strong, pulsed magnetic fields.

It is also used to explore and elucidate neocortical functions and treat neuropsychiatric disorders.

Yingli Zhang and colleagues from Second Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University screened 17 randomized controlled trials from 193 studies addressing repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, involving 398 patients, and assessed the efficacy and tolerability of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of auditory hallucination of patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Results, published in Neural Regeneration Research (Vol. 8, No. 28, 2013), demonstrate that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is a safe and effective treatment for auditory hallucination in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Active repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation has equivocal outcome in cognitive function and commonly causes headache and facial muscle twitching.

Article: ” Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for hallucination in schizophrenia spectrum disorders,” by Yingli Zhang1, Wei Liang2, Shichang Yang3, Ping Dai4, Lijuan Shen5, Changhong Wang6 (1 Psychological Counseling Center, Second Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453002, Henan Province, China; 2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Second Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453002, Henan Province, China; 3 Department of Psychology, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453000, Henan Province, China; 4 Library of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan Province, China; 5 Mental Health Institute, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410011, Hunan Province, China; 6 Department of Psychiatry, Second Affiliated Hospital of Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453002, Henan Province, China)

Zhang YL, Liang W, Yang SC, Dai P, Shen LJ, Wang CH. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for hallucination in schizophrenia spectrum disorders: a meta-analysis. Neural Regen Res. 2013;8(28):2666-2676.

Neural Regeneration Research

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