Repetitive TMS may curb cognitive impairments in schizophrenia

Pilot study shows beneficial effect at 20Hz level

In patients with chronic schizophrenia, add-on high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may effectively treat cognitive impairments, a pilot study suggests.

transcranial magnetiuc stimulation device

Chinese researchers randomised 120 patients to receive rTMS at 10Hz, rTMS at 20Hz or sham stimulation for eight weeks and followed up at week 32.

They performed the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status