Convulsive status Epilepticus

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Status Epilepticus

Convulsive Status Epilepticus

Definition: Convulsive status epilepticus is a condition where continuous tonic-clonic seizures repeat, lasting for over 30 minutes without interruption, posing a life-threatening situation requiring immediate medical attention.

Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus

Overview: Non-convulsive status epilepticus, common in individuals with learning disabilities, can develop from complex partial seizures. Diagnosing this condition can be challenging as consciousness is impaired rather than lost completely.

Impact: Non-convulsive status epilepticus can persist for a prolonged period, adversely affecting health, particularly in vulnerable individuals, and potentially causing serious complications.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Aura: Some individuals may experience visual or auditory warnings before a seizure, known as an aura.
  • Tonic-Clonic Seizure: Most recognised as the tonic-clonic seizure, characterized by stiffening, falling, and convulsions.
  • Absence Seizure: Presents as a person appearing to daydream or stare blankly.
  • Physical Indicators: Clenched jaw, rigid body, loss of bladder control, and jerking movements.
  • Respiratory Concerns: Bluish skin colour indicates potential breathing difficulties, requiring immediate emergency support.