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Status epilepticus is a life-threatening condition in which a person has a prolonged seizure or one seizure after another without regaining consciousness in between them. Status epilepticus is more common among people with epilepsy, but about one-third of the people who develop the condition have never had a seizure before. The risks of status epilepticus increase the longer the seizure goes on, which is why you should always get emergency medical help if a seizure lasts more than five minutes. You may also hear about a condition called Sudden Unexplained Death, in which a person dies for no known reason. It can happen to anyone, but it's more likely to happen in a person with epilepsy. The causes aren't known, but parents of children with epilepsy should know that it's a very rare occurrence. Controlling seizures, especially those that occur in sleep, is the most effective plan for helping to prevent this tragedy from occurring.

From: Seizures in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. Emedicine.com web site, "Status Epilepticus," March 28, 2005. WebMD Medical News: " "









Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.Afraid Your Child Might Have Epilepsy?

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. Emedicine.com web site, "Status Epilepticus," March 28, 2005. WebMD Medical News: " "









Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.Afraid Your Child Might Have Epilepsy?

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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