A case of negative-pressure pulmonary edema after electroconvulsive therapy

Christopher L. Myers, Ajay Gopalka, David Glick, Morris B. Goldman, Stephen H. Dinwiddie*

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Pulmonary edema after electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a rarely reported condition that can result in serious morbidity and even death if not promptly recognized and treated. We report the case of 21-year-old man with FG syndrome and schizophrenia who developed negative-pressure pulmonary edema after his 28th ECT. The patient developed acute hypoxemia requiring positive-pressure ventilation and was observed overnight in the intensive care unit. He recovered fully and received 43 subsequent ECT treatments without complication. This case illustrates the importance of taking steps to prevent airway obstruction as well as recognizing this rare but serious complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-283
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Pulmonary edema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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