What are the contraindications for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Mehul V Mankad, MD; Chief Editor: Dennis M Popeo, MD  more...
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ECT has no absolute contraindications. Many medical conditions place patients at an increased risk for complications and warrant closer monitoring, however. In patients with medical comorbidities (discussed below) additional precautions can mitigate any additional risks associated with performing ECT in medically ill populations.

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