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Status Epilepticus

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  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Grand Mal Epilepsy
  • Major Epilepsy
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Jacksonian Epilepsy
  • Focal Epilepsy
  • Myoclonic Progressice Familial Epilepsy
  • Unverricht Syndrome
  • Lundborg-Unverricht Disease
  • Unverricht-Lundborg-Laf Disease
  • Petit Mal Epilepsy
  • Minor Epilepsy
  • Pyknoepilepsy
  • Akinetic Seizure
  • Myoclonic Seizure
  • Myoclonic Astatic Petit Mal Epilepsy
  • Petit Mal Variant
  • Febrile Seizures
  • Psychomotor Epilepsy
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Psychomotor Equivalent Epilepsy
  • Psychomotor Convulsion
  • Epilepsia Procursiva
  • Abdominal Epilepsy

General Discussion

Status epilepticus (SE) is considered a neurological emergency. Left untreated (or undertreated), prolonged seizures can cause permanent neurological injury or death. Rapid treatment must be initiated. If initial agents fail, it may be necessary to induce an iatrogenic coma. In any case, the person in status epilepticus must be closely watched, and often requires continuous EEG in order to confirm that the seizures have stopped not only clinically but electrically as well.


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Epilepsy Foundation

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American Epilepsy Society

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Epilepsy Canada

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Last Updated:  1/3/2007

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