Electroconvulsive Therapy for Obesity Treatment


ECT is most often used as a treatment for severe major depression which has not responded to other treatment, and it is also used in the treatment of mania (often in bipolar disorder), and catatonia. Its use for obesity treatment was never suggested before. However, incidental information from several studies revealed that “Five of 10 patients were obese pre-ECT, all of whom had a significant weight loss after ECT.” and “Once-daily ECS over 10 days (which significantly reduced weight gain in rats)”. A new hypothesis is made for the use of ECT for obesity treatment.

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Eldor, J. , Kotlovker, V. and Kotlovker, S. (2014) Electroconvulsive Therapy for Obesity Treatment. Open Journal of Anesthesiology, 4, 68-71. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2014.43011.

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