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Awareness under anesthesia during electroconvulsive therapy treatment.
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PMID:  16801837     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Awareness under general anesthesia is an infrequent phenomenon during which patients become cognizant of some or all events during surgery or any procedure conducted under anesthesia. Awareness experiences can frighten patients and impact their memories in ways that can leave emotional and psychological problems that, over time, may develop into posttraumatic stress disorder. Inadequate anesthesia has been implicated in the causation of awareness under anesthesia. We report first case of patient gaining awareness while under anesthesia undergoing electroconvulsive therapy treatment. The case reported here would suggest that clinicians administering electroconvulsive therapy should be alert to the possibility of awareness during anesthesia and take appropriate measures to maintain professional conduct and adjust anesthetic medication dose to avoid reoccurrence.
Prashant Gajwani; David Muzina; Keming Gao; Joseph R Calabrese
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of ECT     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1095-0680     ISO Abbreviation:  J ECT     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-27     Completed Date:  2006-08-31     Revised Date:  2010-05-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808943     Medline TA:  J ECT     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  158-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Case School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, General / adverse effects*
Awareness* / drug effects
Bipolar Disorder / therapy*
Consciousness* / drug effects
Electroconvulsive Therapy*
Intraoperative Period
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Intraoperative

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