Electroconvulsive therapy for depression in a patient with an intracranial arachnoid cyst

Martin Desseilles, Jean-Christophe Thiry, Jean-François Monville, Marc Ansseau, Michael Makhinson

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been frequently considered relatively contraindicated in patients with space-occupying lesions in the brain. After the 7 cases available in the literature, we describe the safe use of ECT in a depressive patient with arachnoid cyst. We provide a comprehensive review on this clinical association, and we conclude that even if the few data available are reassuring, careful neurological evaluation before the ECT treatment is indicated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-6
Number of pages3
JournalThe journal of ECT
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009



  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged

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