of Status Epilepticus
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.
J. Neurol. Sci. 1998; 25: S4 - S6