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Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE)

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Convulsive status epilepticus (CSE)

CSE is defined as convulsions that are associated with rhythmic jerking of the extremities and is associated with loss of consciousness (1,2).

Genralised convulsive status epilepticus (GCSE) is the most common manifestation of SE seen in the general population. It is considered to be a medical emergency with significant morbidity and mortality (3)

Characteristic features of GCSE include:

  • generalized tonic - clonic activity of the extremities
  • impaired mental status e.g. - coma, lethargy, confusion
  • may demonstrate focal neurological impairments in the post ictal period e.g., Todd’s paralysis, (1)

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