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Management of Status Epilepticus

Michael J. Aminoff

Abstract: The pharmacologic management of major motor status epilepticus is summarized. When general anesthesia is required, the electroencephalogram (EEG) is used for monitoring the adequacy of treatment. The EEG findings may also be important in recognizing status epilepticus and monitoring its response to treatment when this is clinically difficult, as when it occurs in comatose or pharmacologically paralyzed patients or in the context of severe brain damage. Finally, the EEG helps to clarify the nature of motor activities of uncertain basis in patients in the intensive care unit and has indicated that non-convulsive seizures or status are more common than clinically suspected in such patients.

Can. J. Neurol. Sci. 1998; 25: S4 - S6


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