Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation add-on for treatment of negative symptoms and cognitive deficits of schizophrenia: a feasibility study Academic Article uri icon


  • Treatment for negative symptoms and cognitive deficits, core elements of schizophrenia, remains inadequate. Stimulation of the prefrontal cortex via transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) yields only moderate results, possibly due to limited stimulation depth. Deep-TMS enables deeper and wider stimulation than before. This preliminary study is the first to examine deep-TMS as a possible add-on treatment for negative symptoms and cognitive deficits of schizophrenia. The effect of 20 daily deep-TMS sessions (20 Hz, 120 % motor threshold) over the prefrontal cortex of 15 patients indicated improvement in cognition and negative symptoms that was maintained at 2-wk post-treatment follow-up. Received 15 June 2010 ; Reviewed 20 September 2010 ; Revised 12 November 2010 ; Accepted 4 December 2010

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  • January 1, 2011