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Whats is the first line treatment for status epilepticus?

Meds ASAP. Treatment of status epilepticus involves potent sedatives and anti seizure meds in a controlled urgent / emergency room setting. These meds need given intravenously asap. Read more...
Status epilepticus. It is an emmergency, call 911, the paramedics will start treatment on spot, preserving breathing by intubation, giving intraventicular seizure medications such as ativan, (lorazepam) then transferring the patient to icu, loading with IV medications and to continue the medical care. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

If this is the first time I am having seizures but it lasted more than 30 minutes, is it considered status epilepticus?

No. Status by definition involves repetitive seizures without regaining awareness or consciousness between events. Your episode would include the aura, the seizure itself, and a post-ictal sequence, and your 30 min time frame is unlikely to have been continual seizure activity. However, your first seizure needs attention, and decisions regarding treatment will be needed. Read more...
Depends. The details provided are sketchy and definitions vary, but traditionally status epilepticus is defined as one continuous, unremitting seizure lasting longer than 5 minutes, or recurrent seizures without regaining consciousness between seizures for greater than 5 minutes. 5 min has been chosen as this is the time frame when the seizures are unlikely to self-terminate and neuron damage can occur. Read more...

What is the prognosis for status epilepticus? Left sided stroke, craniotomy, seizure free first 1 1/2 yrs. 2 seizure meds episodes min 75days apart

Status unlikely. Most common cause of status, is abrupt stopping your meds. The seizures should respond to anti-epileptic meds, but may take a while to get you into an appropriate therapeutic range. Work closely with your neurologist, and try different meds if seizures continue, but try not to worry, status is unlikely. Read more...
Status epi. Long-lasting status is a difficult case and can be serious. People who have recovered from status have a much better prognosis, with rare relapses, but they should continue anticonvulsant medications afterwards. They will likely always be on at least one medicine. Read more...