Use of levetiracetam in pediatric refractory status epilepticus Shakya KN, Bhatta A, Phuyal S, Yadav A

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Abstract:

Refractory status epilepticus, with persistence of seizures despite initial intravenous benzodiazepine and one secondline intravenous antiepileptic drug occurs in nine percent to 44% of the patients with status epilepticus. Aggressive treatment is needed to control such seizures with drug refractoriness. A case of a 2-year-old boy treated with intravenous levetiracetam with cessation of seizures, averting the need for general anesthesia is reported. Option of using levetiracetam in refractory status epilepticus is suggested.

Keyword : Levetiracetam; Antiepileptic drug; Pediatric refractory seizure.


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