The purpose of this study is to describe the potential risks and benefits of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for treatment of depression in lung transplant recipients. The authors performed a record review of depressed patients who underwent lung transplantation at Johns Hopkins Hospital and evaluated their treatment, including ECT. In 9 years, 131 lung transplants were performed, and four patients had been diagnosed with major depression. Of those, two were candidates for ECT, and one received it. This patient's depression did abate with ECT. ECT, an effective treatment for depression, remains a treatment method of choice for depression in the posttransplant population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health