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Etomidate and unpredicted seizures during electroconvulsive therapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17804993     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Electroconvulsive therapy has been a novel treatment for about half a century, effective for severe psychiatric conditions. Over the years, the treatment has been refined with the addition of anesthesia. Different inducing agents have been used in clinical practice over the last few decades including propofol, methohexital, and etomidate. Previous literature rarely mentions seizures soon after induction with etomidate and typically only in anesthesia literature. We describe 2 cases with different demographics, diagnosis, and treatment that had seizures with the use of etomidate as an inducing agent.
Benjamin T Griffeth; Abhishek Mehra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of ECT     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1095-0680     ISO Abbreviation:  J ECT     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-06     Completed Date:  2008-03-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808943     Medline TA:  J ECT     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
ER Psychiatry, Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salem, VA 24153, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans
Anesthetics, Intravenous / pharmacology
Electroconvulsive Therapy*
Etomidate / adverse effects*,  pharmacology*
European Continental Ancestry Group
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Seizures / chemically induced,  etiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anesthetics, Intravenous; 33125-97-2/Etomidate

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