Lithium ratio in psychiatric patients

A caveat

John Nurnberger, Ghanshyam Pandey, Elliot S. Gershon, John M. Davis

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Abstract

We divided bipolar patients samples into two groups: Group I (off lithium 10 days to 2 weeks, n=14)and group II (off lithium 3 weeks or longer, n=13). Only group I was significantly different from controls. The mean for group II was significantly different from that for group I but not that for controls. Previous reports may have exaggerated the number of "high ratio" patients due to a treatment artifact. We recommend that patients be tested only after having been withdrawn from lithium treatment for 3 weeks or more. Otherwise spurious differences between patients and controls may result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • bipolar illness
  • Lithium ratio
  • treatment artifact

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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Lithium ratio in psychiatric patients : A caveat. / Nurnberger, John; Pandey, Ghanshyam; Gershon, Elliot S.; Davis, John M.

In: Psychiatry Research, Vol. 9, No. 3, 1983, p. 201-206.

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Nurnberger, John ; Pandey, Ghanshyam ; Gershon, Elliot S. ; Davis, John M. / Lithium ratio in psychiatric patients : A caveat. In: Psychiatry Research. 1983 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 201-206.
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