Electroconvulsive therapy and venous angiomas: two case reports and review of the literature

Zahedi S, Yang C, O’Hanlon D, Tanev K, Shea WP

J ECT 2006 Sep;22(3):228-30

PMID: 16957543


According to the American Psychiatric Association, the risk for complications related to the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatment of patients with cerebrovascular malformations is small. The literature contains a number of case studies presenting the uneventful treatment of patients with cerebral aneurysms with ECT. However, there is a paucity of cases presenting ECT in the context of a cerebral venous angioma. In this article, we present 2 cases of patients treated with ECT who were found to have documented venous angiomas. This is followed with a brief review of the literature.