Status epilepticus is a prolonged[note 1] and often life-threatening seizure.[1] Either that or several smaller seizures that occur in quick succession for a prolonged period of time.[1] Large hospital-based studies have found the fatality rate to be 3-50%.[2]


  1. Definitions do vary as to how long; some say it is 5 minutes or more, others say 30 minutes or more

Reference listEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Trinka, E; Höfler, J; Zerbs, A (September 2012). "Causes of status epilepticus.". Epilepsia. 53 Suppl 4: 127–38. doi:10.1111/j.1528-1167.2012.03622.x. PMID 22946730.
  2. Cherian, A; Thomas, SV (July 2009). "Status epilepticus.". Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology 12 (3): 140–53. . . PMID 20174493.

External linksEdit

  1. Medscape Reference entry
  2. PubMed provides review articles from the past five years (limit to free review articles or to systematic reviews)
  3. The TRIP database provides clinical publications about evidence-based medicine.