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Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus: Overlooked and Undertreated

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  • Nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) presents with persistent alteration in behavior or consciousness without convulsions, though subtle motor signs such as twitching or blinking may be present.
  • There are 3 categories of NCSE: simple partial status epilepticus, complex partial status epilepti-cus, and absence status epilepticus.
  • The only symptom seen consistently in NCSE is altered mental status, which can range from mild confusion to obtundation.
  • NCSE often remains undiagnosed by psychiatrists and emergency clinicians due to failure to consider the diagnosis and lack of emergent electroencephalography (EEG).

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Publication Information

Annalee Morgan Baker, MD, FACEP; Matthew Amir Yasavolian, MD; Navid Reza Arandi, MD

Peer Reviewed By

Cappi Lay, MD; Elaine Rabin, MD; Felipe Teran, MD, MSCE; Kyle B. Walsh, MD, MS

Publication Date

October 1, 2019

CME Expiration Date

October 1, 2022

Pub Med ID: 31557430

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