Vol. 11 nº 3 - Jul/Aug/Set de 2017
Case Report Páginas: 304 a 307

Therapeutic effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on neuropsychological symptoms of an elderly patient: A case report

Authors Aline Iannone1; Joaquim Brasil-Neto2; Antonio Pedro Mello Cruz1; Corina Satler3; Nasser Allam2


keywords: neuromodulation, tDCS, elderly patients, mild neurocognitive disorder, depression, chronic pain.

Although growing evidence points to the potential therapeutic effects of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), there is still no consensus on the most appropriate protocol to be used in specific neurological and neuropsychological symptoms. This case report evaluated the neuromodulatory therapeutic effects of two 15-day courses of tDCS on an elderly female patient, aged 78 years with mild neurocognitive disorder, chronic pain and depression-related symptoms. Results indicated an overall significant improvement of cognitive and executive functions, as well as reduction in both depression and chronic pain symptoms. These results highlight the potential of tDCS as a safe and useful neuromodulatory clinical tool in the rehabilitation of elderly patients.


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