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J ECT. 2013 Jun;29(2):e19-20. doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e318277cce2.

Electroconvulsive therapy for mood disorders in pregnancy.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Dicle University School of Medicine, Diyarbakir, Turkey.


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) offers a treatment option for mood disorders during pregnancy. We retrospectively examined 12 pregnant patients who were treated with ECT for their mood disorders. The mean ± SD age of the patients was 28.1 ± 4.8 years. The mean ± SD number of ECTs performed was 9.8 ± 4.5. The mean ± SD Clinical Global Impression score was decreased from 6 to 2.6 ± 0.7 with ECT. No significant adverse events were observed other than early delivery in one patient and pes ekinovarus deformity in a newborn that was most probably not related to ECT causally. Electroconvulsive therapy seems to be an effective and safe treatment option in pregnant patients with mood disorders.

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