© 2005

Status Epilepticus

A Clinical Perspective

  • Frank W. Drislane

Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. General Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter W. Kaplan
      Pages 3-10
    3. Frank W. Drislane
      Pages 11-31
    4. Barbara A. Dworetzky, Edward B. Bromfield
      Pages 33-54
    5. Elizabeth J. Waterhouse
      Pages 55-75
    6. Susan T. Herman
      Pages 77-124
  3. Generalized Convulsive and Focal Status Epilepticus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Bernard S. Chang
      Pages 127-142
    3. Donald L. Schomer
      Pages 143-157
  4. Basic Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 158-158
    2. Omotola Hope, Hal Blumenfeld
      Pages 159-180
  5. Nonconvulsive Status Epilepticus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Michael Benatar
      Pages 221-244
    3. Frank W. Drislane
      Pages 245-262
  6. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Tina Shih, Carl W. Bazil
      Pages 265-288
    3. Teresa L. Smith, Thomas P. Bleck
      Pages 289-298

About this book


The recent explosive growth in the study of status epilepticus (SE), an epileptic seizure that threatens to produce new seizures, has shown that SE is not a single disease, but arises from different substrates of the brain and comprises multifaceted illnesses. In Status Epilepticus: A Clinical Perspective, a panel of senior clinicians critically reviews the many forms of SE, their causes, manifestations, methods of diagnosis, and appropriate treatments. The authors emphasize the disease as encountered by the clinician in the field and the importance of correct recognition and diagnosis. They provide for each form of SE the underlying genetic, biological, and developmental background, the pathophysiological processes, as well as the precipitating factors that lead to an episode. For the difficult problem of diagnosing nonconvulsive SE, they offer detailed syndrome classifications, differential diagnoses, descriptions of seizure "imitators," notes on unusual behavioral and cognitive manifestations, and carefully delineated clinical presentations. Additional highlights include striking EEG reproductions that provide classic examples of patients in SE, SE in very young children and neonates, and an analysis of the cellular physiology and processes occurring during SE.
Comprehensive and up-to-date, Status Epilepticus: A Clinical Perspective offers the neurologic clinician an authoritative review of the diagnosis and treatment of the many forms of this most serious and challenging acute nervous system disorder.


cognition electroencephalography (EEG) neuropathology

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank W. Drislane
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical School, Comprehensive Epilepsy ProgramBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBoston

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Status Epilepticus
  • Book Subtitle A Clinical Perspective
  • Editors Frank W. Drislane
  • Series Title Current Clinical Neurology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-355-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-516-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-945-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 363
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
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From the reviews:

"...a valuable contribution to the field of epilepsy as well as general and critical care neurology... a unique contribution to the field." -Doody's Health Science Book Review Journal

"...undoubtedly has to be in a Neurological Intensive Care Unit. It provides all necessary data to treat status epilepticus and has sufficient background to explain the choices made." - Neurocritical Care

"This comprehensive book, written by some of the most authoritative American experts, summarizes current knowledge up to 2004. … The general concept is very attractive, with chapters encompassing a wide range of aspects. … In conclusion, this monograph is a milestone in the field of status epilepticus at the beginning of the 21st century, and may represent not only an important source of information for clinicians (mainly neurologists and ICU specialists), but also a rationale for future research directions." (Andrea Rossetti, European Neurology, April, 2006)