Does a History of Surgically Repaired Intracranial Aneurysm Interfere with Electroconvulsive Therapy?

Karakaya I., BAŞAR K. , Aki O. E. , ÖZER S.

DUSUNEN ADAM-JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, cilt.31, sa.3, ss.308-311, 2018 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 31 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5350/dajpn2018310310
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.308-311


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a comparably safe treatment option frequently administered for treatment-refractory mental disorders. It has no absolute contraindication; however, careful attention should be given when ECT is applied to patients with comorbid conditions. Intracranial aneurysms are among the comorbidities that increase certain risks associated with ECT. Increase in cerebral blood flow during ECT may be associated with increased risk of rupture of an aneurysm and bleeding from vascular malformation. In the literature, there is a limited number of case reports on ECT administration in patients with surgically repaired cerebral aneurysm. In this case report, application of ECT in a 53-year-old female patient diagnosed with treatment- refractory major depressive disorder and with a history of surgical repair for intracranial aneurysm is presented. In addition, special considerations and precautions about ECT application for patients with repaired intracranial aneurysms are reviewed.