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Electroconvulsive Therapy for Mood Disorders in Pregnancy

Bulut, Mahmut MD*; Bez, Yasin MD*; Kaya, Mehmet Cemal MD*; Copoglu, Umit Sertan MD; Bulbul, Feridun MD; Savas, Haluk Asuman MD

doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e318277cce2
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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.

From the *Department of Psychiatry, Dicle University School of Medicine, Diyarbakir; and †Gaziantep University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Gaziantep, Turkey.

Received for publication January 9, 2012; accepted July 31, 2012.

Reprints: Mahmut Bulut, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Dicle University Hospital, 1st Floor, Department of Psychiatry 21280, Diyarbakir, Turkey (e-mail:

No funding was received for this work.

The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures to report.

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