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Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Schizophrenia With Comorbid Marfan Syndrome

Rao, Naren P. MBBS, MD*; Loganathan, Santosh MBBS, MD†; Prakash, Om MBBS, MD*; Varghese, Mathew MBBS, MD*

Journal of ECT:
doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e3181a09d69
Case Report

The study of psychiatric disorders co-occurring with rare genetic syndromes has important therapeutic and pathophysiological implications. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in schizophrenia with comorbid Marfan syndrome is challenging in view of multiorgan involvement. We report successful use of ECT in a patient who presented to us with catatonia and Marfan syndrome. The report highlights the importance of careful evaluation of patients with schizophrenia and Marfan syndrome before ECT in liaison with other specialties.

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From the *Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India; and †Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO.

Received for publication January 31, 2009; accepted February 9, 2009.

Conflict of Interest: None.

Reprints: Naren P. Rao, MBBS, MD, Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore-560029, India (e-mail:

Funding Agency: None.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.