, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 29 May 2013

What is Specialized Care in Status Epilepticus and in Which ICU?

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Status epilepticus (SE) is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. The outcome of SE is variable, while some patients may present neurological deficits, others recover without sequellae. The reasons for these different outcomes are not fully understood, but some prognostic factors have been identified, such as the age, the clinical type of SE, a previous history of epilepsy, the etiology, and the delay of treatment onset [13].

Despite being an important stage in the treatment, there have been very few studies on the various management options when patients are admitted in intensive care.

In this retrospective study, Valeras et al. compared the management and outcome of 168 cases of SE admitted to either a neurological intensive care unit (NICU) (27 %) or a medical intensive care unit (MICU) (73 %) in the same tertiary care hospital. The authors did not find a significant difference in terms of length of hospital stay, mortality, or outcome at discharge. This finding remained ...