Phenobarbital coma for psychogenic status epilepticus

A. Taliansky*, U. Kramer, M. Y. Neufeld

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Among patients seen for epileptic seizures, there is a subgroup of those who do not have epilepsy but suffer from psychogenic paroxysmal events which mimic epileptic seizures. The differential diagnosis between them is of the utmost importance, as incorrect, diagnosis of seizures subjects the patient to incorrect management. In the case psychogenic status epilepticus, the treatment may endanger the patient. We report 3 women, aged 20, 20 and 28 and a man aged 24 with psychogenic status epilepticus admitted to an intensive care unit and treated by induction of phenobarbital coma when other antiepileptic medication failed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-296+342
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes


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