Electroconvulsive Therapy for Mood Disorders in Pregnancy

Bulut M., Bez Y., Kaya M. C. , Copoglu U. S. , Bulbul F. , Savas H. A.

JOURNAL OF ECT, vol.29, no.2, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/yct.0b013e318277cce2
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ECT


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 T 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.