Watch this video to find out what status epilepticus is and what to expect when a loved one is going thru it. Thank you to Sage Therapeutics for their support of this project. Status epilepticus is said to occur when a seizure lasts too long or when seizures occur close together and the person doesn't recover between seizures. Just like there are different types of seizures, there are also different types of status epilepticus.
Most seizures end after a few moments or a few minutes. If seizures are prolonged, or occur in a series, there is an increased risk of status epilepticus. The term literally means a continuous state of seizure. Status epilepticus is usually defined as 30 minutes of uninterrupted seizure activity. However, the Epilepsy Foundation advises parents and the public to call for emergency assistance when a convulsion continues for more than 5 minutes without signs of stopping. Convulsive status epilepticus is a medical emergency. An estimated 42, deaths and thousands more instances of brain damage per year follow episodes of status.
A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain. It can cause changes in your behavior, movements or feelings, and in levels of consciousness. If you have two or more seizures or a tendency to have recurrent seizures, you have epilepsy. There are many types of seizures, which range in severity. Seizure types vary by where and how they begin in the brain.
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