Box 61 Classification of status epilepticus

Confined to the neonatal period Neonatal status

Status in neonatal epilepsy syndromes

Confined to infancy and childhood Infantile spasm (West's syndrome) Febrile status epilepticus Status in childhood myoclonic syndromes Status in benign childhood partial epilepsy syndromes Electrical status during slow wave sleep (ESES) Syndrome of acquired epileptic aphasia

Occurring in childhood and adult life Absence status

Epilepsia partialis continua (EPC)

Myoclonic status in coma

Specific forms of status in mental handicap

Myoclonic status in other epilepsy syndromes

Non-convulsive simple partial non-convulsive status

Complex partial status

Boundary syndromes

Confined to adult life De novo absence status of late onset

Derived from Shorvon.1

become to treat, and the worse the outcome. Successful management is a balance between the often conflicting requirements of controlling seizure activity as quickly as possible, and minimising physiological changes and medical complications.

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