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