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

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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