Magnetic seizure therapy-induced mania

Yoshihiro Noda, Zafiris Jeff Daskalakis, Paul B. Fitzgerald, Jonathan Downar, Tarek K Rajji, Daniel M Blumberger

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Background Magnetic seizure therapy (MST) is a novel brain stimulation modality used to treat refractory depression through the induction of seizures. It is currently being investigated as a potential alternative treatment to electroconvulsive therapy. To our knowledge, there have not been any previous reports of MST-induced mania. Objective We aim to describe 2 cases of patients with a major depressive episode who developed acute symptoms of mania during a course of MST. Methods The current report describes 2 cases of mania that occurred in the context of an ongoing open-label study of MST in treatment-resistant depression. The MST was administered 2 or 3 times per week and applied directly over the left and right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Treatment is administered until patients achieve remission or a maximum of 24 treatments. A MagVenture Twin coil and MST stimulator were used for treatment. The center of each coil was placed over F3 and F4 according to the 10-20 electroencephalography system. Results Patient 1 had developed manic symptoms precipitously after the sixth MST treatment, and patient 2 developed manic symptoms after the 23rd MST treatment. In both patients, the MST treatment course was stopped. Their manic symptoms resolved rapidly with pharmacotherapy after cessation of MST treatments. Conclusions As with electroconvulsive therapy, switches to mania or hypomania should be considered as potential adverse effects of MST.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e4-e6
JournalThe Journal of Electroconvulsive Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2015


  • magnetic seizure therapy
  • manic switch
  • treatment-resistant depression

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