Electroconvulsive therapy in patients with multiple sclerosis

Keith G. Rasmussen, B. Mark Keegan

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There are relatively few case reports of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in patients with multiple sclerosis. We present 3 such patients, all of whom received safe, effective ECT without evidence of acute neurological deterioration. We conclude that patients with multiple sclerosis being considered for ECT should have a thorough neurological evaluation, and the informed consent process should include discussion of the possibility of neurological deterioration. However, review of the literature and of our 3 cases does reveal that ECT can be used safely, at least in the short term. Long-term outcomes in such patients remain uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-180
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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