Management of status epilepticus in children.

T. Sabo-Graham, A. R. Seay

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Abstract

Treatment of SE is based on the age of the patient and the possible underlying etiology. Initial treatment should include a benzodiazepine (lorazepam 0.1 mg/kg or diazepam 0.5 mg/kg). Specimens for laboratory tests should be drawn early in the event of a prolonged seizure and geared toward the clinical presentation and age of the patient. If a seizure lasts longer than 10 minutes, phenobarbital 20 mg/kg dose should be administered with strict adherence to the proper rate of administration. Further seizure activity during drug administration can be treated with additional doses of lorazepam or diazepam. If a seizure lasts longer than 10 minutes, a second long-acting anticonvulsant should be administered, followed by induction of general anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatrics in review / American Academy of Pediatrics
Volume19
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1998

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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