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Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181729268
Case Reports

Electroconvulsive Therapy for Depression in a Patient With an Intracranial Arachnoid Cyst

Desseilles, Martin MD*; Thiry, Jean-Christophe MD†; Monville, Jean-François MD‡; Ansseau, Marc MD, PhD*; Makhinson, Michael MD§∥

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Abstract

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been frequently considered relatively contraindicated in patients with space-occupying lesions in the brain. After the 7 cases available in the literature, we describe the safe use of ECT in a depressive patient with arachnoid cyst. We provide a comprehensive review on this clinical association, and we conclude that even if the few data available are reassuring, careful neurological evaluation before the ECT treatment is indicated.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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