Electroconvulsive therapy in patients with vagus nerve stimulation

Ashish Sharma, Rajeev Chaturvedi, Arun Sharma, James H. Sorrell

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Numerous studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for various psychiatric conditions, and it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of refractory depression. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration also approved vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic or recurrent depression. Although electrical stimulation is used for both ECT and vagus nerve stimulation, the mechanisms of their action are very different. The American Psychiatric Association task force identifies no absolute contraindications to the use of ECT. The authors present 2 interesting cases of successful ECT in combination with vagus nerve stimulator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of ECT
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


  • Depression
  • ECT
  • VNS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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