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Why would coma induction be used as a treatment for refractory status epilepticus?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
For brain protection: It is thought that repetitive seizures if not controlled can themselves injure the brain. If the seizures are hard to control it is necessary to give drugs which deeply sedate the patient in order to stop the seizures.
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 50 years experience
Rest the brain: Recurrent or repetitive seizures are considered as status epilepticus. This can be very stressful to the brain. The brain cells are in high state of activity and can be damaged. High levels of nerve calming drugs are necessary that suppress brain activity, produce a state of coma, and allow brain cell recovery. Eeg monitoring can measure the brain cell activity.
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Last updated May 5, 2019

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