Post-traumatic stress disorder in a patient with an implant cardioverter-defibrillator.


The authors describe a patient using cardioverter-defibrillator implant therapy (CDIT) after a blood pressure elevation and arrhythmia episode. The CDIT delivered 9 defibrillating discharges in a 24 hour period until a new stabilization was achieved. The patient developed a post-traumatic stress disorder with no improvement with the use of 15 mg of diazepam b.i.d. He was referred to a psychiatrist 4 months later, received Sertraline 100 mg b.i.d., and supportive therapy and achieved a total remission in 6 weeks. This case report illustrates the psychiatric comorbidity in the &#164 survivor' population, a group of patients who survive due to advances in medical technology. The psychiatric study of them is a challenge to the improvement of their quality of life. Assessment and treatment of mental disorder may improve the quality of life for this patient group.

DOI: 10.1080/13651500152732946

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@article{Batista2001PosttraumaticSD, title={Post-traumatic stress disorder in a patient with an implant cardioverter-defibrillator.}, author={Marcos Meuser Batista}, journal={International journal of psychiatry in clinical practice}, year={2001}, volume={5 4}, pages={291-2} }