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Childhood convulsive status epilepticus: epidemiology, management and outcome

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Neville BGR, Chin RFM, Scott RC. Childhood convulsive status epilepticus: epidemiology, management and outcome.

Acta Neurol Scand 2007: 115 (Suppl. 186): 21–24. © 2007 The Authors Journal Compilation © 2007 Blackwell Munksgaard.

Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE) in childhood is a medical emergency and its aetiology and outcome mean that it should be studied separately from adult CSE. The incidence in developed countries is between 17 and 23/100,000 with a higher incidence in younger children. Febrile CSE is the commonest single group with a good prognosis in sharp distinction to CSE related to central nervous system infections which have a high mortality. The aim of treatment is to intervene at 5 min and studies indicate that intravenous (i.v.) lorazepam may be a better first-line treatment than rectal diazepam and i.v. phenytoin a better second-line treatment than rectal paraldehyde. An epidemiological study strongly supports the development of prehospital treatment with buccal midazolam becoming a widely used but unlicensed option in the community. More than two doses of benzodiazepines increase the rate of respiratory depression without obvious benefit. The 1 year recurrence rate is 17% and the hospital mortality is about 3%.

Keywords: childhood; convulsive status epilepticus; epidemiology; management

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: April 1, 2007


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