Electroconvulsive therapy-induced symptomatic hypocalcemia in a schizophrenic patient: A case report

Boris Nemets, Tzvi Dwolatzky

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Abstract

We present a case study of a young schizophrenic 20-year-old female patient, admitted for severe psychotic exacerbation unresponsive to several antipsychotic regimens. She was treated successfully with a course of bilateral electroconvulsive therapy, but developed symptomatic hypocalcemia of short duration after the fifth ECT treatment. There is limited information regarding the phenomenon of ECT-induced acute hypocalcemia. To the best of our knowledge, there are no previous reports of this finding in the literature. A similar phenomenon was reported many years ago in patients with primary affective illness. The possible mechanisms of this potentially life-threatening reaction are not clear and should be evaluated in further studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-71
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of ECT
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2006

Keywords

  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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