In Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus (NCSE), Treat to Burst-Suppression: Pro and Con



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: American Epilepsy Society Annual Course 2005 The Evidence for How We Diagnose and Treat Epilepsy Patients Volume 47, Issue 12, 2211, Article first published online: 14 December 2006

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Summary:  When refractory NCSE is combined with acute brain injury, it produces synergistically compounded brain damage that is time dependent. Treating to EEG burst-suppression is the most rapid and effective method for stopping NCSE. The risks of burst-suppression are common to many intensive care interventions and can be minimized with expert management.