Status Epilepticus

Electrolytes as well as calcium and blood glucose should be checked initially and throughout. Blood gases should be estimated if clinically indicated.

Other drugs:

Chlormethiazole, midazolam and paraldehyde may be used in resistant status. Thiopentone at non-anaesthetising dosage, i.e. 2 ml/min i.v. for 30-60 minutes or general anaesthesia with neuromuscular blockade is reserved for life-threatening refractory status.

Non-convulsive status (complex partial and petit mal) as well as simple partial status do not threaten life and respond well to i.v. diazepam or i.v. phenytoin.

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