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Pulmonary edema after electroconvulsive therapy in a patient treated for long-standing asthma with a beta2 stimulant



Pulmonary edema after electroconvulsive therapy in a patient treated for long-standing asthma with a beta2 stimulant



Journal of Ect 23(1): 26-27



A 68-year-old man was scheduled to receive 8 treatments of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for severe depression. He was being treated for long-standing asthma with a beta2 stimulant, clenbuterol hydrochloride, and had experienced no asthma attack for 9 years. Although he experienced no adverse consequence in his 7 treatments, pulmonary edema ensued from his eighth treatment despite no change in anesthesia and in the technical parameters of ECT. He was treated with oxygen and intravenous hydrocortisone, after which he quickly recovered. Transient eosinophilia was observed, but clinical symptoms of asthma did not appear. Although the association between pulmonary edema and well-controlled asthma was unclear, thiopental as induction of anesthesia or esmolol as poststimulus delivery might have played a role in the event. There may be a possibility of pulmonary edema even after several uneventful ECT treatments in a patient with asthma.

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PMID: 17435570

DOI: 10.1097/01.yct.0000263258.52162.63


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