Chapter 49. Seizures

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Elizabeth B. Jones MD, FACEP Assistant Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch49

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Jones, E. B. (2008) Seizures, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch49

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • epileptic seizures - abnormalities within brain;
  • Emergency medical services (EMS);
  • Cochrane Library and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE);
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP);
  • comparison of IV lorazepam versus IV diazepam in acessing seizures;
  • ACEP seizure clinical policy (level C) - normal neurological examination discharged with outpatient follow-up;
  • thorough history and physical examination and radiological evaluation of patients with seizure;
  • ED physicians - difficulty in differentiating seizure from pseudo-seizure


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Conclusions

  • Conflicts of interest

  • References