Safe use of electroconvulsive therapy in a highly suicidal survivor of carbon monoxide poisoning

Chih Lin Chiang, Mei Chih Meg Tseng

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Abstract

It has been reported that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may increase the likelihood of delayed neuropsychiatric sequelae (DNS) after carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. We present a suicidal patient of CO intoxication, who received ECT safely and effectively 5 weeks after CO exposure and review the previously reported ECT-related DNS cases and the recent studies about the predictors of DNS. We propose that ECT can be safely implemented in carefully selected patients without known risk factors for DNS after an extended observation period from CO exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103.e1-103.e3
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Depression
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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