Seizures in Critical Care

A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics

  • Panayiotis N. Varelas

Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Panayiotis N. Varelas, Lotfi Hacein-Bey
    Pages 21-79
  3. Andrew Beaumont, Grant Sinson
    Pages 81-100
  4. Efstathios Papavassiliou, Panayiotis N. Varelas
    Pages 101-117
  5. Matthew A. Koenig, Romergryko Geocadin
    Pages 119-138
  6. Greg A. Worrell, Eelco F. M. Wijdicks
    Pages 161-176
  7. Errol Gordon, Michel T. Torbey
    Pages 177-190
  8. Wendy C. Ziai
    Pages 191-216
  9. Jenice Robinson, Jose I. Suarez
    Pages 217-236
  10. Zachary Webb
    Pages 237-259
  11. Rebecca E. Schuman, Panayiotis N. Varelas
    Pages 261-290
  12. Panayiotis N. Varelas, Marianna V. Spanaki
    Pages 305-364
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 365-380

About this book


Epileptic events are now known to occur more frequently in the intensive care unit (ICU) than previously thought, a situation concealed by the many variables operating at any given moment in the ICU's environment of heavy drug and sedative use. In Seizures in Critical Care: A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics, a panel of international ICU and epilepsy physicians and researchers detail the epileptic phenomena that occur in the complex environment of the ICU. Focusing on the central nervous system, the authors systematically examine the most up-to-date evidenced-based data regarding ICU seizures, including their most frequent causes, their pathophysiology, their clinical presentation, and the diagnostic evaluation needed to confirm their presence. They also discuss the challenges and specifics of the management of ICU seizures, reviewing the new antiepileptics and their interaction with other ICU medications, drugs with epileptogenic properties used in the ICU, and the role of the new enterally available antiepileptics in treating such seizures. Numerous tables summarize drug interactions, neuroimages reveal common ICU seizure etiologies, and multiple electroencephalographic recordings demonstrate clinical or subclinical seizures in ICU patients.
Authoritative and uniquely practical, Seizures in Critical Care: A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics offers hospital-based medical professionals and ICU specialists, for the first time, a systematic survey of, and reference guide to, the diagnosis and treatment of epileptic seizures in the ICU.


Continuous EEG Drug-induced seizures Fulminant Hepatic Failure Global Hypoxia-Ischemia Hypertension Nervous System Organ Transplant Seizure Pathophysiology Status Epilepticus Stroke Trauma Traumatic Brain Injury

Editors and affiliations

  • Panayiotis N. Varelas
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurointensive Care Unit, and Department of NeurologyMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukee

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