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Depression and Electroconvulsive Therapy: Review of Current Anesthesia Considerations

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is becoming increasingly popular in the treatment of medication-resistant depression. Understanding the concepts behind the physiological changes brought upon by the stimulus as well as the rationale behind the various pharmacologic agents used during the procedure is crucial in providing safe and effective ECT. This review will discuss the general principles of perioperative management of anesthesia for ECT with particular focus on currently used pharmacologic agents during the procedure.

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Choi, P. , Pisklakov, S. , Tilak, V. & Xiong, M. (2013). Depression and Electroconvulsive Therapy: Review of Current Anesthesia Considerations. Open Journal of Depression, 2, 32-34. doi: 10.4236/ojd.2013.23007.

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