Pulmonary embolism after ECT

Daniel Mamah, Markus Lammle, Keith E. Isenberg

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe procedure, infrequently associated with life-threatening complications. Pulmonary embolism (PE) as a complication of ECT has been rarely reported. We describe a nonfatal case of PE that developed during ECT in a 50-year-old man with depression, hypertension, and diabetes. He developed sysmptoms of PE immediately upon awakening from the eighth right unilateral ECT, which was later confirmed by spiral chest computed tomography. We review the literature, discussing risk factors relevant to the pathophysiology of PE and making suggestions about the management of patients with suspicious symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-40
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 20 2005


  • Complications
  • ECT
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • PE
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Seizures


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