Generalised convulsive status epilepticus: An overview

R. Nandhagopal*

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Generalised convulsive status epilepticus is one of the most common emergencies encountered in clinical practice. This review discusses the recent understanding of this life- threatening condition with reference to the definition, pathophysiology, evaluation, complications, refractory status and prognosis. Besides epilepsy, other neurological and medical illnesses could be associated with status epilepticus. The goals of management and pharmacological approach are outlined, considering the available evidence. Prompt recognition and timely intervention, including pre-hospital treatment, are therapeutically beneficial. Refractory status should be managed in intensive care units under close monitoring. More evidence is needed for evolving the optimal treatment. A suitable treatment protocol would guide in avoiding the pitfalls at various points along the management pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-732
Number of pages10
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Issue number973
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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