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Lancet. 1991 Feb 16;337(8738):394-5.

Pulse oximetry during apparent tonic-clonic seizures.

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  • 1Accident and Emergency Department, Royal Preston Hospital, UK.

Abstract

A pulse oximeter was used to monitor arterial oxygen saturations in 11 patients during apparent tonic-clonic seizures. 8 had a clinical diagnosis of genuine fits, 6 of whom showed striking falls in oxygen saturation during the seizures. 3 had a clinical diagnosis of pseudoseizures, none of whom had hypoxia during these episodes. Pulse oximetry during apparent tonic-clonic seizures may help to identify patients with low arterial oxygen tension who need immediate intervention.

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