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Status epilepticus in children

  • Rani K. Singh
  • William D. GaillardEmail author
Article

Abstract

Status epilepticus is a common, life-threatening medical emergency in pediatric patients. Recent medical literature has focused on identifying risks and treatment options. This article highlights the epidemiology of status epilepticus, both convulsive and nonconvulsive, in children. It also reviews the recommended medications for first-line treatment of status epilepticus and refractory status epilepticus. Emphasis is placed on future pharmacotherapies and consideration of neurosurgical intervention when indicated.

Keywords

Valproic Acid Status Epilepticus Topiramate Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Levetiracetam 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s National Medical CenterWashington, DCUSA

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