Pharmacopsychiatry 2012; 45(02): 79-80
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1297936
Letter
© Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Successful Treatment of Major Depression with Electroconvulsive Therapy in a Pregnant Patient with Previous Non-Response to Prefrontal rTMS

M. Gahr
1  Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
,
C. Blacha
1  Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
,
B. J. Connemann
1  Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
,
R. W. Freudenmann
1  Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
,
C. Schönfeldt-Lecuona
1  Department of Psychiatry, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
› Author Affiliations
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Publication History

received 19 September 2011
revised 29 October 2011

accepted 31 October 2011

Publication Date:
15 December 2011 (eFirst)

Abstract

The treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy poses a challenge particularly regarding limited pharmacological possibilities. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) have been described to be successful in single cases, however, guidelines are lacking. In order to contribute to the pool of empirical data that is necessary to create evidenced-based recommendations we present a case of successful treatment of major depression with ECT in a pregnant patient with previous non-response to rTMS.