Electrographic seizures after convulsive status epilepticus in children and young adults: a retrospective multicenter study

Sanchez Fernandez, I.; Abend, N. S.; Arndt, D. H.; Carpenter, J. L.; Chapman, K. E.; Cornett, K. M.; Dlugos, D. J.; Gallentine, W. B.; Giza, C. C.; Goldstein, J. L.; Hahn, C. D.; Lerner, J. T.; Matsumoto, J. H.; McBain, K.; Nash, K. B.; Payne, E.; Sanchez, S. M.; Williams, K.; Loddenkemper, T.

J Pediatr. 2013 Oct 29; 164(2):339-346.e2


OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence, characteristics, and predictors of electrographic seizures after convulsive status epilepticus (CSE). STUDY DESIGN: This was a multicenter retrospective study in which we describe clinical and electroencephalographic (EEG) features of children (1 month to 21 years) with CSE who underwent continuous EEG monitoring. RESULTS: Ninety-eight children (53 males) with CSE (median age of 5 years) underwent subsequent continuous EEG monitoring after CSE. Electrographic seizures (with or without clinical correlate) were identified in 32 subjects (33%). Eleven subjects (34.4%) had electrographic-only seizures, 17 subjects (53.1%) had electroclinical seizures, and 4 subjects (12.5%) had an unknown clinical correlate. Of the 32 subjects with electrographic seizures, 15 subjects (46.9%) had electrographic status epilepticus. Factors associated with the occurrence of electrographic seizures after CSE were a previous diagnosis of epilepsy (P = .029) and the presence of interictal epileptiform discharges (P < .0005). The median (p25-p75) duration of stay in the pediatric intensive care unit was longer for children with electrographic seizures than for children without electrographic seizures (9.5 [3-22.5] vs 2 [2-5] days, Wilcoxon test, Z = 3.916, P = .0001). Four children (4.1%) died before leaving the hospital, and we could not identify a relationship between death and the presence or absence of electrographic seizures. CONCLUSIONS: After CSE, one-third of children who underwent EEG monitoring experienced electrographic seizures, and among these, one-third experienced entirely electrographic-only seizures. A previous diagnosis of epilepsy and the presence of interictal epileptiform discharges were risk factors for electrographic seizures.

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