Electroconvulsive Threshold Elevation: From Daily Stimulation of Adrenalectomized Animals

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Science  17 May 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3568, pp. 828-829
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3568.828


The elevation of electroconvulsive threshold, which develops in cats during repeated daily measurements threof might result from an increased production of deoxycorticosterone. Bilateral adrenalectomy followed by maintenance on deoxycorticosterone and cortisone in fixed dosages did not prevent subsequent elevation of the threshold in either cats or miniature dogs. The elevation rate in the adrenalectomized dogs exceeded that in the intact control dogs. This elevation, which resembles tolerance, in the intact cat or miniature dogs, is not dependent on an increased production of adrenocortical hormones; it may more likely be the result of cerebral rather than extracerebral adaptation.