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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) during pregnancy: a fetal risk factor


Pridmore, S and Turnier-Shea, Y and Rybak, M and Pridmore, W, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) during pregnancy: a fetal risk factor, Australasian Psychiatry Article ePub ahead of print. ISSN 1039-8562 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856221992636


Objective: To examine reports of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) during pregnancy for evidence of fetal risk.

Method: PubMed was used to locate relevant literature for the years 19982020 and reference lists were examined for materials not located electronically.

Results: Ten reports were located dealing with 67 births over 20 years. Stimulation was applied is all trimesters, at low and high frequency, and as intermittent theta-burst stimulation. No mother or baby experienced a serious event.

Conclusions: Certainty awaits large, standardized studies. However, the available reports provide no evidence that TMS to mother during pregnancy has detrimental effects on the fetus.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:major depressive disorder, pregnancy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, safety
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:143184
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-03-04
Last Modified:2021-05-24

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