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Preserved Cochlear Implant Function After Multiple Electroconvulsive Therapy Treatments.


This case report presents the successful use of multiple treatments of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in a patient with a cochlear implant (CI). A 60-year-old man with a left-sided CI and bipolar disorder presented with severe depression. A total of 9 separate sessions of unilateral ECT was administered to the contralateral side of the existing CI. We collected subjective, clinical, and audiological assessment of the patient and the CI prior, during, and after ECT therapy. The patient tolerated ECT well and there were no complications. Unilateral ECT was performed contralateral to the CI without any harm to the patient or implant. Laryngoscope, 131:E1695-E1698, 2021.

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